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Sept. 2, 2008

One of the new features on this season will be Tuesday Tide Trivia, which will offer interesting facts about the Crimson Tide football team and its upcoming game. Here is this week’s installment as the Tide prepares for its home opener against Tulane on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised on pay-per-view basis.

What is Alabama’s all-time record in home openers?

Alabama has compiled a 93-15-3 all-time record in home openers, which includes all games in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Mobile and Montgomery. The Crimson Tide enters the 2008 season having won its last six home openers. The streak includes wins over Middle Tennessee (2002), South Florida (2003), Utah State (2004), Middle Tennessee (2005), Hawai’i (2006) and Western Carolina (2007). The last time UA lost its home opener was Sept. 1, 2001, when No. 17 UCLA opened the season with a 20-17 win over No. 25 Alabama in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Alabama’s first home opener took place on Oct. 14, 1893, when Eli Abbott’s Crimson Tide team suffered a 4-0 loss to Birmingham Athletic Club. Alabama posted a 44-game unbeaten streak in home openers from 1904-48, which included a 43-0-1 record. The Tide had a 31-game winning streak from 1904-34 before a 7-7 tie with Howard in 1935. UA followed that up with another 12-game winning streak, before the streak ended with a 28-14 loss to Tulane on Sept. 24, 1949 at Ladd Stadium in Mobile. Since 1929, Alabama is 66-10-1 in Bryant-Denny Stadium openers, including a 20-0-1 record from 1929-50 and a 25-game winning streak from 1964-89. The 21-game unbeaten streak was snapped by a 41-18 loss to Villanova on Oct. 12, 1951. The Tide’s 25-game winning streak in home openers was snapped by a 17-13 loss to Florida on Sept. 15, 1990.

What is Coach Nick Saban’s all-time record in home openers?

Coach Saban is 10-2 in his career in home openers, including a current seven-game winning streak. The streak includes one win at Michigan State (1999), five at LSU (2000-04) and one at Alabama (2007). His last loss in a home opener was Aug. 29, 1998 when Michigan State fell to Colorado State, 23-16, at East Lansing. Coach Saban seeks his 100th collegiate coaching victory this Saturday.

Who did coach Saban earn his first collegiate victory against?

Alabama head coach Nick Saban goes in search of his 100th collegiate coaching victory on Saturday against Tulane’s Green Wave. Saban boasts a 99-48-1 (.677) record in his 13th season as a collegiate head coach. His first win came at Toledo on Sept. 8, 1990, in a 20-14 win over Miami (Ohio).

What Alabama assistant coach also served as an assistant coach at Tulane?

Alabama associate head coach and running back coach Burton Burns will once again have strong ties to this week’s opponent. After beating his previous employer, Clemson, last Saturday in Atlanta, the Crimson Tide squares off with Tulane. Burns grew up in New Orleans and spent four years (1995-98) coaching the Green Wave, including a perfect 12-0 campaign in 1998. He also spent nine seasons as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at Saint Augustine High School as well as time as an assistant coach at Booker T. Washington High School, both of which are located in New Orleans.

How many true freshmen have started a season opener at Alabama?

Alabama’s 2008 freshman class was the consensus No. 1 recruiting class in the country and they have done nothing to disprove that reputation after the opening game of the season. Coach Nick Saban played nine true freshmen in the season opener against Clemson with WR Julio Jones and LB Dont’a Hightower starting. Two other redshirt freshmen played with WR Marquis Maze also earning a start. Alabama has now had 11 true freshmen start the season opener since freshmen regained their eligibility from the NCAA in 1972. That number includes five in the last three years. Last year a pair of true freshmen, mike linebacker Rolando McClain and cornerback Kareem Jackson, started the season opener. The complete list includes Larry Rose (OT, 1985), Jon Stevenson (RT, 1991), Terry Jones, Jr. (TE, 1998), Saleem Rasheed (LB, 1999) and Dante Ellington (RT, 1999), Tim Castille (FB, 2003), Smith (LT, 2006), McClain (LB, 2007), Jackson (DB, 2007), Hightower (LB, 2008) and Jones (WR, 2008).

How many scholarship seniors does Alabama have on its football roster?

Alabama boasts just nine scholarship seniors on the 2008 team and that mark is tied with Middle Tennessee for the fewest in the country. Antoine Caldwell, Marlon Davis, Bobby Greenwood, Rashad Johnson, Travis McCall Will Oakley, Nikita Stover, Nick Walker and John Parker Wilson make up the Crimson Tide’s nine scholarship seniors. The complete list includes Alabama (9), Middle Tennessee (9), Central Michigan (10), Toledo (10), Minnesota (11), North Carolina (11), Arizona (12), Central Florida (12), Fresno State (12) and UTEP (12).