When the Crimson Tide takes on Texas Longhorns within the BCS nationwide championship recreation on Thursday night time; Alabama shall be enjoying for SEC Soccer’s nineteenth nationwide title. Or thirty sixth. Or 53rd. Or no matter you want. It is determined by they manner we decide “nationwide championship” as to what this complete could also be.
One thing that’s optimistic is that if the Crimson Tide beats Texas, SEC Soccer might win at minimal 2 of the 4 main “nationwide championship” trophies for the 4th season straight. The sport’s victor is legally promised the AFCA Nationwide Championship Trophy and the Nationwide Soccer Basis’s MacArthur Bowl. The victor close to positively will win the AP’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Trophy and the FWAA’s Grantland Rice Award, additionally.
Following are the SEC Soccer schools that have been acknowledged as the ultimate No. 1 within the three main polls. (The AP ballot started in ’36, the coaches in 50 and the FWAA in ’54.)
The College of Tennessee Volunteers, 1951: College of Tennessee opened because the No. one group within the AP pre- season ballot, despite the fact that they weren’t absolute SEC Soccer winners.
Auburn College, ’51- Auburn College completed 10-0 by overwhelming their opponents 207-28, with SEC Soccer’s All-American Jimmy Phillips anchoring the nation’s No. one protection.
The Louisiana State College Tigers, 58: The LSU Combating Tigers took the second match of their 10-0 normal season 13-3 up over College of Alabama in Cell, Alabama.
The Rebels, 1960- On the again of All-American quarterback Jake Gibbs, The College of Mississippi Rebels completed 10-0-1 by beating the Rice College Owls 14-6 within the Sugar Bowl.
Alabama, 1961- The first of six SEC Soccer College of Alabama groups coached by Paul “Bear” Bryant to prime the ultimate AP ballot outplayed its opponents 287-22 within the standed yr to complete No. one in all-around protection and in the identical spot within the ultimate AP and coaches polls.
The Crimson Tide, ’64: Alabama’s 10-0 standard-season marketing campaign included a 36-6 victory over the Tulane Inexperienced Wave in Cell, AL.
The College of Alabama Crimson Tide, ’65: College of Alabama completed the SEC Soccer common season at 8-1-1, having misplaced its season-opener by 1 level to The UGA Bulldogs and tied with The College of Tennessee Volunteers on the third Saturday of October.
College of Alabama, ’73: The best-scoring workforce in Crimson Tide historical past and the most efficient dashing squad in SEC Soccer previous raced by means of eleven regular-season video games to get the coaches ballot’s ultimate No. 1 putting.
the Crimson Tide, 78: College of Alabama led the primary three AP polls of the yr, then failed to return to the highest place till the final one — getting No. 1 by outscoring beforehand unbeaten the Penn State Nittany Lions 14-7 within the Sugar Bowl with the well-known goal-line play.
the Crimson Tide, 79: Alabama Crimson Tide grew to become the first SEC Soccer workforce to be proclaimed No. one by every of three of the foremost polls.
College of Georgia, 1980- College of Georgia beat Notre Dame College 17-10 within the Sugar Bowl behind SEC Soccer freshman genius Herschel Walker.
College of Alabama, ’92: Alabama Crimson Tide topped all three terminal polls, however not till it outscored favored and beforehand undefeated the Miami Hurricanes 34-13 within the Sugar Bowl.
College of Florida, 1996- It appeared as if the The Florida Gators’ championship ambitions perished after they misplaced the ultimate SEC Soccer regular-season match 24-21 to Florida State.
Tennessee, 98: The College of Tennessee Volunteers gained the first BCS title match, which was performed because the Fiesta Bowl and launched the two-team “playoff” nonetheless used to choose a nationwide champion these days.
The LSU Bayou Bengals, 2003- On the management of present the Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, The Loisiana State College Combating Tigers beat The Oklahoma Sooners 21-14 within the BCS championship match, which additionally was the Sugar Bowl.
The Florida Gators, 06- The 12-1 Florida took the three No. 1 rankings by outscoring Ohio State 41-14 within the first BCS nationwide championship match that was not additionally an present bowl match.
The Louisiana State College Tigers, ’07- LSU adopted The Florida Gators’ recipe to the highest by smashing Ohio State within the BCS nationwide championship recreation.
Florida, 08: The College of Florida Gators bounced again from a one-point September loss to The Ole Miss Rebels to finish 13-1, within the course of giving the Crimson Tide its first loss in an enormous SEC Soccer championship recreation and pounding The Sooners 24-14 within the BCS championship match.