Sept. 3, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Two former conference rivals will meet for the first time since 1994 this weekend, when the No. 13 Alabama Crimson Tide hosts the Tulane Green Wave in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Alabama-Tulane series began in 1894, but more importantly, the two schools were members of the same conference from 1919-66.
Alabama joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, which Tulane was already a member, in 1919 and then both teams moved to the Southern Conference in 1922 where they remained through the 1932 season. The two teams then played together in the Southeastern Conference from 1933 through Tulane's departure following the 1965 season.
Alabama holds a 26-11-3 lead in the series, including an 18-6 win in the inaugural game between the two schools on Nov. 16, 1894 in New Orleans.
Tulane won the next two meetings in 1895 and 1900 to take a brief series lead before Alabama went 7-0-1 in the next eight meetings to take an 8-2-1 series lead after the 1915 season. The Green Wave snapped that streak with a 33-0 win over the Crimson Tide in 1916. Alabama's 14-7 win in New Orleans in 1921 was the only meeting between the two schools from 1917-35.
Over the next 30 years (1935-65), Alabama and Tulane would meet 24 times on the gridiron, with the Tide posting a 15-7-2. Alabama won the last five meetings between the two schools from 1961-65, outscoring the Green Wave, 144-12. Tulane had a three-game winning streak against Alabama in 1947, 1948 and 1949. The two teams played to a scoreless tie in 1954 and 6-6 deadlock in 1960.
After the Green Wave left the SEC after the 1965 season, the two teams would not meet again for nearly 30 years. The series was revived in the early 1990s, with the Tide winning in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994. Alabama dominated on offense and defense in its 62-0 win in the series renewal at Bryant-Denny Stadium in 1991. The Crimson Tide used a solid ground attack to knock off the Green Wave 37-0 in the Superdome en route to the national championship in 1992.
ALABAMA-TULANE TIES: 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 square 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 in New Orleans. Burns also spent time as an assistant coach at Booker T. Washington High School in New Orleans.
ALABAMA PLAYERS FROM LOUISIANA: The Alabama roster lists two players from the state of Louisiana, including true freshman defensive back Robby Green (John Curtis Christian - New Orleans) and sophomore defensive lineman Luther Davis (West Monroe HS).
TULANE PLAYERS FROM ALABAMA: The Tulane football roster lists three players from the state of Alabama, including redshirt freshman wide receiver Chandler Davis (Gulf Shores HS) freshman offensive lineman Eric Jones (Spain Park HS - Hoover) and junior linebacker David Kirksey (Davidson HS - Mobile).
ALABAMA VS. C-USA: Alabama owns an 84-22-5 all-time record against the current membership of Conference USA. 92 of the 111 games have come against Southern Miss (42), Tulane (40) and Houston (10). Since 1989, Alabama has played at least one C-USA foe in 19 of 20 seasons, with the lone exception coming in 2006. The Tide has played at least one game against 10 of the 12 conference members and owns a winning record against the eight of the 10 teams in which it has faced. Alabama has never met Marshall or UAB in football. Alabama's record against the current Conference USA field is as follows: Central Florida (0-1), East Carolina (1-0), Houston (10-0), Memphis (7-1), Rice (0-3), Southern Miss (34-6-2), SMU (2-0), Tulane (26-11-3), Tulsa (3-0) and UTEP (1-0).
TULANE vs. SEC: Tulane was a charter member of the Southeastern Conference in 1933 and left the league after the 1965-66 academic year. The Green Wave owns a 158-237-24 in 419 all-time meetings against the current members of the SEC. Tulane has a winning record against Auburn, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Though independents in football, Tulane and South Carolina were both members of the Metro Conference from 1983-91, before the Gamecocks joined the SEC. Tulane's record against the SEC field is as follows: vs. Alabama (11-26-3), vs. Arkansas (0-4); vs. Auburn (17-14-6); vs. Florida (6-13-2); vs. Georgia (10-14-1); vs. Kentucky (6-9); vs. LSU (23-66-7); vs. Ole Miss (28-41); vs. Mississippi State (26-30-2); vs. South Carolina (3-0); vs. Tennessee (1-4) and Vanderbilt (27-16-3).
SABAN vs. THE GREEN WAVE: Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 1-0 in his career against Tulane, posting a 48-17 season-opening win over the Green Wave while at LSU in 2001.
SABAN vs. C-USA: Coach Saban is 4-1 in his coaching career against Conference USA, posting wins over Memphis, Houston (2) and Tulane and suffering a loss to UAB.
1997 Michigan State 51, Memphis 21 (East Lansing)
2000 LSU 28, Houston 13 (Baton Rouge)
2000 UAB 13, LSU 10 (Baton Rouge)
2001 LSU 48, Tulane 17 (Baton Rouge)
2007 Alabama 30, Houston 24 (Tuscaloosa)
TOLEDO vs. THE TIDE: Tulane head coach Bob Toledo is 2-0 in his career against Alabama. He led UCLA to a pair of series wins in 2000 and 2001. The Bruins opened the 2000 season with a 35-24 win over No. 3 Alabama at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The following year, UCLA again spoiled the Tide's opener with a 20-17 win in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
TOLEDO vs. THE SEC: Coach Toledo is 3-6 in his head coaching career against the SEC. In addition to his two wins over Alabama (2000-01), Toledo has also faced LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tennessee in his career. He is 1-2 against South Carolina, playing the Gamecocks three times (1980-82) while the head coach at Pacific. Toledo is 0-2 against Tennessee, losing in Knoxville in 1996 and Los Angeles in 1997. He is 0-2 as head coach at Tulane, losing to LSU and Mississippi State last season, his first year in New Orleans.
1980 South Carolina 37, Pacific 0 (Columbia)
1981 Pacific 23, South Carolina 21 (Columbia)
1982 South Carolina 41, Pacific 6 (Columbia)
1996 Tennessee 35, UCLA 20 (Knoxville)
1997 Tennessee 30, UCLA 24 (Los Angeles)
2000 UCLA 35, Alabama 24 (Los Angeles)
2001 UCLA 20, Alabama 17 (Tuscaloosa)
2007 Mississippi State 38, Tulane 17 (New Orleans)
2000 LSU 34, Tulane 9 (New Orleans)
Editor's Note: Friday Flashback (Sept. 5) will relive the Tide's 37-0 win over Tulane in 1992 that catapulted Alabama to the school's 12th national championship.