History Of Alabama Football
These days the Alabama football program is known as one of the premier institutions in the country. Just this past season the Crimson Tide was looking for their third straight national championship. They almost had a chance to defend their title too, but a last-second loss to Auburn ended those hopes. Alabama football tickets to the Iron Bowl against rival Auburn are usually a top seller, but last season the final game of the season was to decide the representative of the SEC West division, and likely a shot at the National Title.
Auburn parlayed that victory into an SEC title with a win against West champion Missouri, but lost to Florida State in the national title game. Alabama football tickets will once again be expensive this season, with the team having another great chance at a National championship. That would be their fourth title in the last six years. But Alabama football tickets have been a hot ticket for a while now.
Over the course of their history, Alabama has won 15 national titles. They’ve won at least one in every decade but the 1950s and 80s since 1925, and they won four additional titles that have since gone unclaimed. Only three institutions have won more often than Alabama, and two of those programs probably aren’t winning any more – Princeton and Yale are not in the FBS.
Notre Dame is the other institution that has won more titles than Alabama, but if you go purely by claimed titles only Princeton and Yale have more championships than Alabama. This season Alabama has a chance to add to its inventory in a historic way. This is the first year college football is implementing the new four-team playoff system.
It might be wise to get those Alabama football tickets early this season, because if the team is in the hunt near the end of the year prices will soar. Alabama football tickets are already the fourth most expensive ticket in the league. In fact, prices are up from last year despite the team seeing several top players leave for the NFL. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Cyrus Kouandjio, CJ Mosley, Kevin Norwood and quarterback AJ McCarron were all drafted in the first five rounds of the draft.
But games on the Alabama football schedule are always likely to be expensive as long as Nick Saban remains coach. He first made a name for himself as the headman at rival LSU, but left to the NFL to coach the Miami Dolphins. He did not see the success in the NFL he had hoped for, and left to Alabama shortly after that. Saban replaced the disappointing Mike Shula, and the signing alone reinvigorated the fan base. Saban led the Crimson Tide to a 12-0 regular season in just his second year. Needless to say, the increase in Alabama football tickets was certainly warranted.
While Saban lost the last two games of that season – the SEC title game and the Sugar Bowl – he led the team to its first of three titles under his leadership the following season. Since then Alabama football tickets have been at, or near, the top of the nation every season.
This season only the Georgia Bulldogs are more expensive than games on the Alabama football schedule in the SEC. The other two teams in the country with more expensive tickets than Alabama football tickets are Notre Dame and Ohio State.
2014 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Schedule
8/30/2014 vs. West Virginia - Atlanta, Georgia
9/6/2014 vs. Florida Atlantic - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
9/13/2014 vs. Southern Miss - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
9/20/2014 vs. Florida - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
10/4/2014 at Ole Miss - Oxford, Mississippi
10/11/2014 at Arkansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas
10/18/2014 vs. Texas A&M - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
10/25/2014 at Tennessee - Knoxville, Tenn.
11/8/2014 at LSU - Baton Rouge, Louisiana
11/15/2014 vs. Mississippi State - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
11/22/2014 vs. Western Carolina - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
11/29/2014 vs. Auburn - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Crimson Tide News
12-1-14: Alabama had already locked up a spot in the SEC title game before kickoff, but the Crimson
Tide needed to look impressive in the Iron Bowl. After struggling early, they scored 28 points in less than a quarter of play in the second half to beat Auburn 55-44. Blake Sims threw for 312 yards and four scores, but he was intercepted three times. It was the highest scoring game in Iron Bowl history. Alabama will face Missouri this week in the SEC title game.
11-24-14: Alabama scored the games final 31 points to beat FCS Western Carolina 48-14. The CrimsonTide gained 612 yards total, getting 222 passing yards and two touchdowns from Blake Sims. Derrick Henry ran for two scores and had a touchdown catch. Alabama gave up two first-half scores to the Catamounts before holding them to just 221 passing yards and minus-eight rushing on the ground. They play rival Auburn in the Iron Bowl this week.
11-10-14: The Crimson Tide forced overtime with three seconds left. DeAndrew White then caught a touchdown pass from Blake Sims and stopped LSU on its possession to sneak out of Baton Rouge with a 20-13 OT victory. Sims threw for 209 yards and two scores. Amari Cooper caught eight balls for 83 yards. Top ranked Mississippi State visits Alabama this week in a game that will have major playoff implications and probably determine first place in the SEC West.
11-3-14: Alabama had a bye this week before their big showdown at LSU next week. The Tide have won two of their last three matchups in Baton Rouge with the Tigers. The Crimson Tide have won three straight since their 23-17 loss at Ole Miss. Blake Sims has 2,034 passing yards and 15 touchdowns on the season. Amari Cooper has 71 catches for 1,132 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
10-27-14: The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 27-0 lead after 18 minutes of play, as Nick Saban’s squad cruised to a 34-20 victory over Tennessee. Amari Cooper set the single-game school record for receiving yards with 224 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Blake Sims threw for 286 yards on 14 of 24 passing, with two touchdowns. Alabama has a bye this week before their annual game vs. LSU.
10-20-14: The Tide destroyed Texas A&M 59-0, re-establishing itself as a playoff contender. Alabama gained 602 yards total handing A&M its first shutout loss since falling 77-0 to Oklahoma in 2003. It was the most points Alabama has scored since 2010 and the most in an SEC game since 1990. AP No. 4 Alabama plays Tennessee this week.
10-15-14: Alabama blocked an extra point late in the first half Saturday against Arkansas that proved to be the winning margin, as they defeated the Razorbacks 14-13. Alabama held Arkansas' run game to just 89 yards on 39 carries. The Tide only had 227 total yards in the game. Blake Sims threw a pair of touchdown passes and didn't commit a turnover. His six-yard TD pass to DeAndrew White with 12:36 left in the game gave Nick Saban’s squad the lead. They host Texas A&M this weekend.
10-6-14: The Tide suffered their first loss at the earliest point since Nick Saban's first year as coach. Late turnovers doomed Alabama as they fell to Ole Miss 23-17. Alabama had a chance to win the game after blocking an Ole Miss extra point. They moved down the field and got into scoring range before a holding call moved them back. QB Blake Sims was intercepted in the back of the end zone with 37 seconds left. They travel to Fayetteville this week to take on Arkansas.
10-1-14: Alabama had a week off to prepare for what looks like a daunting midseason schedule. After visiting AP No. 11 Ole Miss this week, Alabama goes to Arkansas before hosting Texas A&M. That is followed by trips to Tennessee and LSU, then Mississippi State at home. Well, I guess that is life in the SEC. Nick Saban’s team is allowing only 250.3 yards per game, which ranks fifth nationally.
9-22-14: If there were any doubts that Blake Sims is the man for the job as Alabama's starting quarterback, he crushed those thoughts with Saturday's near-record performance. The Tide beat Florida 42-21 and Sims threw for 445 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-33 passing. Amari Cooper had himself had another incredible game, with 201 yards and three TDs on 10 receptions. T.J. Yeldon had an off day with only 59 rushing yards on 18 carries. Derrick Henry paced the Alabama run game with 111 yards and a touchdown. The Tide defense held to just 200 yards total. Nick Saban’s team has a bye this week.
9-15-14: Blake Sims threw for two touchdowns and rushed for a third in three quarters and emerged as the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback in a 52-12 victory over Southern Miss Saturday night. Sims was 12 of 17 passing for 168 yards for Alabama. Amari Cooper had eight catches for 135 yards and a touchdown to tie DJ Hall's school record of five consecutive 100-yard games set in 2006. The Tide will open up SEC play this weekend as they play host to the Florida Gators.
9-9-14: A lightning delay ended Alabama’s home opener midway through the fourth quarter as they beat Florida Atlantic 41-0. QB Blake Sims started for the Crimson Tide and threw for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 11-of-13 passing. He also added a rushing score. QB Jake Coker saw time as well and went 15-of-24 for 202 yards and a touchdown. Amari Cooper caught 13 passes for 189 yards, which ties a school record for receptions in a game. Nick Saban’s team plays host to Southern Miss this weekend.
9-4-14: In all honesty, the Crimson Tide looked shaky in their 33-23 win over West Virginia last weekend. Alabama allowed 393 yards to the Mountaineers, with 365 of that coming via the air from quarterback Clint Trickett. The Alabama secondary was shredded as much as it was last year against Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Fortunately for Tide fans, the Alabama offense looked crisp under new coordinator Lane Kiffin. Senior Blake Sims got the start over junior Jake Coker at quarterback. Sims looked good throwing for 250 yards. He relied heavily on Amari Cooper who pulled in 12 catches for 130 yards. T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry combined for 239 yards on the ground and three scores. Alabama plays Florida Atlantic this weekend.
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