ALABAMA has been the model for Southern colleges seeking to become football powerhouses throughout its 114-year history. In all, the Crimson Tide has won 12 national championships. Beginning with the Wallace Wade-coached 1925 team (the first team from the South to play in the Rose Bowl), 'Bama squads captured the title in '26, '30, '34, '41, '61, '64, '65, '73, '78, '79 and '92.
In addition to these dozen recognized titles, there are five more Alabama teams that can lay claim to unofficial national championships. In 1945 the Tide rode an explosive offense, which scored 430 points to finish 10-0. The '62 team went 10-1 with a star-studded lineup that featured Lee Roy Jordan and Joe Namath. In '66 a 31-0 shutout of Auburn and a 34-7 Sugar Bowl win over Nebraska highlighted an 11-0 campaign. Sugar Bowl victories in '76 and '78, against Penn State and Ohio State, respectively, completed two more championship seasons. Few colleges in the country have so many storied moments. The following 14 pages provide a look back at Alabama's last seven championships and the players and coaches who made them happen.