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1982 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Liberty Bowl champion
Liberty Bowl, W 21–15 vs. Illinois
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
1982 record8–4 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachBear Bryant (25th season)
CaptainEddie Lowe
CaptainSteve Mott
Home stadiumBryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 60,210)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 75,808)
Seasons
← 1981
1983 →
1982 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/4 Georgia 6 0 0     11 1 0
#11/11 LSU 4 1 1     8 3 1
#14/14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 3 0
Vanderbilt 4 2 0     8 4 0
Tennessee 3 2 1     6 5 1
Alabama 3 3 0     8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0     8 4 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 0 6 0     0 10 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches Poll

The 1982 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 88th overall and 49th season as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was led by head coach Bear Bryant, in his 25th and final year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa and Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished season with eight wins and four losses (8–4 overall, 3–3 in the SEC) and with a victory over Illinois in the Liberty Bowl.

Alabama was 5–0 after they defeated Penn State 42–21, with the decisive play coming when a Penn State player blocked his own team's punt.[1] But after that it was all downhill. Paul Bryant's last season as Alabama football coach saw a nine-game winning streak against Auburn and eleven-game winning streaks against Tennessee and LSU all come to an end. The loss to Southern Miss was Alabama's first loss in Tuscaloosa since 1963, breaking a 57-game win streak in Bryant–Denny Stadium. Coach Bryant retired after Alabama's bowl victory against Illinois and died less than one month later, on January 26, 1983.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1112:30 p.m.at Georgia Tech*No. 4W 45–757,126
September 181:30 p.m.at Ole MissNo. 4W 42–1462,385
September 251:30 p.m.VanderbiltNo. 4W 24–2160,210
October 27:30 p.m.Arkansas State*No. 5W 34–767,459
October 912:30 p.m.No. 3 Penn State*No. 4CBSW 42–2176,821
October 161:00 p.m.at TennesseeNo. 2L 28–3595,342
October 231:30 p.m.Cincinnati*daggerNo. 7W 21–360,210
October 301:30 p.m.at Mississippi StateNo. 9W 20–1262,110
November 61:30 p.m.No. 11 LSUNo. 8L 10–2077,230
November 131:30 p.m.Southern Miss*No. 17L 29–3860,210
November 2711:00 a.m.vs. AuburnABCL 22–2376,300
December 297:00 p.m.vs. Illinois*MetroSportsW 21–1554,123
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1982 Alabama football schedule[2]

ReferencesEdit

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Specific

  1. "No. 4 Tide rolls over 3rd ranked Lions". Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. Associated Press (Google News Archives): p. 5C. November 10, 1982. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GuYwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9d8FAAAAIBAJ&pg=1483%2C4494435. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  2. "1982 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. https://www.webcitation.org/63dbQSj7C?url=http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-results-archive.html. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
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