Crimson Tide No. 1 in Both the AP and USA Today Coaches Poll Alabama is No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time since beating Miami in the 1993 Sugar Bowl
UA is No. 1 in the AP poll during the regular season for the first time since Oct. 26, 1980.
Nov. 2, 2008
The University of Alabama football team ascended to the top of both the Associated Press poll and the USA Today Coaches poll on Sunday following a 35-0 win over Arkansas State and a Texas loss to Texas Tech. Below is a few notes about the Crimson Tide's history at No. 1.
TIDE RANKED NO. 1: Alabama is ranked No. 1 in this week's Associated Press football poll for the first time since the final AP poll of the 1992 season after the Crimson Tide knocked off Miami 34-13 in the 1993 Sugar Bowl ... the last time the Crimson Tide was ranked atop the AP poll during the regular season was the ninth week (Oct. 26-Nov. 1) of the 1980 regular season ... the Tide has a 19-5 (.792) all-time record as the nation's top-ranked team ... Alabama was ranked No. 1 for eight straight weeks during the 1980 season, with its last No. 1 ranking coming prior to 6-3 loss to Mississippi State at Mississippi Memorial Stadium in Jackson on Nov. 1, 1980 ... the loss to MSU ended Alabama's school and SEC record 28-game winning streak.
HISTORY OF NO. 1 RANKINGS: The LSU game on Saturday will mark Alabama's 25th all-time game when sitting atop the Associated Press college football poll ... the Crimson Tide's first regular-season No. 1 ranking came during the 1961 season after a 10-0 win over Georgia Tech at Birmingham's Legion Field. The Tide then defeated Auburn (34-0) and Arkansas (10-3) in the 1962 Sugar Bowl to win the first of six national championships for Coach Paul Bryant ... UA was ranked No. 1 three times during the 1962 regular season, posting a 2-1 record ... the Tide suffered a 7-6 loss to Georgia Tech on Nov. 17, 1962 at Grant Field in Atlanta and would not be ranked No. 1 again until after the 1964 regular season ... the No. 1 ranked Crimson Tide fell 21-17 to Texas in the 1965 Orange Bowl ... Alabama was ranked No. 1 two times in 1973, beating Auburn 35-0 at Legion Field on Dec. 1 and then losing to Notre Dame 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl in the first-ever meeting between these two college football powers ... the 1978 season marked the only time Alabama was the No.1 team in the preseason poll ... the Tide opened the year with wins over Nebraska and Missouri before losing to Southern Cal at Legion Field to end its run at No. 1 ... Alabama won its final nine games, including a 14-7 win over Penn State in the Jan. 1, 1979, Sugar Bowl. Alabama ascended back into the No.1 spot in the AP poll after winning its first five games of the 1979 season ... the Tide played six games as the No. 1 ranked team in 1979 before slipping to No. 2 after a 25-18 win over arch-rival Auburn to end the season ... Alabama beat Arkansas 24-9 in the 1980 Sugar Bowl to earn Bryant his first 12-0 season and sixth national title ... after opening the 1980 season as the No. 2 ranked team, Alabama's 26-3 win over Georgia Tech at Legion Field vaulted the Tide to No. 1, where they remained for seven weeks until a loss to Mississippi State ... Alabama has been ranked atop the Associated Press poll at the end of the season six times, including the final AP poll in 1961, 1964, 1965, 1978, 1979 and 1992.
Alabama When Ranked No. 1
Dec. 2, 1961: Alabama 31, Auburn 3, Birmingham
Jan. 1, 1962: Alabama 10, Arkansas 3, New Orleans, La.