Alabama is the best college football program of all time as the Crimson Tide have won 17 national championships. With their first title coming in 1925, the Crimson Tide have gone on to win 16 championships since then. While a list like this is always challenging, it becomes especially difficult choosing between so many historic teams. This list counts down the top 5 Alabama football teams of all-time.
5. 2016 14-1 (Peach Bowl – W, College Football Championship – L)
Opening up the rankings we have the 2016 team. This team is the only one on the list without a championship. During the year Alabama beat 9 teams ranked in the Top 25 and only gave up 17 points or more in 3 of 15 games. In the College Football Championship the Crimson Tide ran out of luck as Clemson scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1 second remaining. The team featured Jalen Hurts, Bo Scarbrough, Damien Hurts, Calvin Ridley, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Dalvin Tomlinson, and company.
4. 2015 14-1 (Cotton Bowl – W, College Football Championship – W)
The 2015 team comes in at #4. This team relied on on the run game and strong defense. Derrick Henry finished the year with 2310 yards and 28 touchdowns. Reggie Ragland had 102 tackles, Reuben Foster has 73 tackles, Geno Smith had 72 tackles, and Eddie Jackson had 6 interceptions. The Crimson Tide defeated Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl and beat Clemson 45-40 in the College Football Championship.
3. 1961 11-0 (Sugar Bowl – W)
The #3 spot goes to the 1961 Alabama team. Coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant this team was one of the most dominant college football teams of all-time. During the season they averaged 27.0 points per game while only giving up 2.3 points per game. The most points given up came in a week 4 in a 26-7 win over NC State. The Crimson Tide finished the season with a 10-3 win over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl to finish the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.
2. 1978 11-1 (Sugar Bowl – W)
At #2 we have the 1978 team. Coached by Bear Bryant the Crimson Tide finished the year with an 11-1 record while playing the 5th most difficult schedule in the country. Bama had four wins against top 12 teams during the year. The wins came against Nebraska (10), Missouri (11), LSU (10) and Penn State (1). In the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl, Alabama came up with a huge goal line stand that helped secure the victory. Alabama finished the year ranked #1 in the final AP Poll.
1. 2009 14-0 (BCS Championship – W)
Our top spot belongs to the 2009 team. This was Nick Saban’s first National Championship at Alabama. The backfield featured Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and the defense only gave up 11.7 points per game all year. The Crimson Tide beat Texas 37-21 in the BCS Championship Game. This team set the precedent for future team’s as it showed that anything can be accomplished under Coach Saban.