|1982 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
Liberty Bowl champion
|1982 record||8–4 (3–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bear Bryant (25th season)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium|
|1982 SEC football standings|
|#4/4 Georgia †||6||–||0||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|† – 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. 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.
|September 11||12:30 p.m.||at Georgia Tech*||No. 4||W 45–7||57,126|
|September 18||1:30 p.m.||at Ole Miss||No. 4||W 42–14||62,385|
|September 25||1:30 p.m.||Vanderbilt||No. 4||W 24–21||60,210|
|October 2||7:30 p.m.||Arkansas State*||No. 5||W 34–7||67,459|
|October 9||12:30 p.m.||No. 3 Penn State*||No. 4||CBS||W 42–21||76,821|
|October 16||1:00 p.m.||at Tennessee||No. 2||L 28–35||95,342|
|October 23||1:30 p.m.||Cincinnati*||No. 7||W 21–3||60,210|
|October 30||1:30 p.m.||at Mississippi State||No. 9||W 20–12||62,110|
|November 6||1:30 p.m.||No. 11 LSU||No. 8||L 10–20||77,230|
|November 13||1:30 p.m.||Southern Miss*||No. 17||L 29–38||60,210|
|November 27||11:00 a.m.||vs. Auburn||ABC||L 22–23||76,300|
|December 29||7:00 p.m.||vs. Illinois*||MetroSports||W 21–15||54,123|
- Source: Rolltide.com: 1982 Alabama football schedule
- "1982 Season Recaps" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/82-m-footbl-recaps.pdf. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
- "2012 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book" (PDF). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160304115208/http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2012-13/misc_non_event/2012FootballRecordBook.pdf. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- ↑ "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.
- ↑ "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.