|2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football|
|2002 record||10–3 (6–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Dennis Franchione (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Les Koenning (2nd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Carl Torbush (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Bryant–Denny Stadium|
|2002 SEC football standings|
|#3 Georgia x†||7||–||1||13||–||1|
|#14 Auburn x||5||–||3||9||–||4|
|Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
The 2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA", "Bama" or "The Tide") represented the University of Alabama in the 2002 NCAA Division I-A football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 106th overall season, 70th as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and its 11th within the SEC Western Division. The team was led by head coach Dennis Franchione, in his second year, and played their home games at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of 10–3 (6–2 in the SEC) to finish in first place in the SEC West; however, the team was ineligible to compete in the 2002 SEC Championship Game or a bowl game due to a two-year postseason ban imposed as part of the penalty for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) violations.
The team was led by second-year head coach Dennis Franchione. The team began the season with a 4–1 record, only losing a very close game to then #8 ranked Oklahoma. On October 5, the Crimson Tide lost another hard-fought game to the #4 Georgia 27–25 at home. The team would then defeat their next five opponents by an average of 24.4 points. In the 2002 Iron Bowl, the team was defeated by the Auburn Tigers by a score of 17–7. The team would end their season by defeating Hawaii. Though the team finished at 10–3 (6–2) and atop the SEC West standings, they were ineligible to play in the postseason due to receiving NCAA sanctions in 2001.
|August 31||11:30 a.m.||Middle Tennessee*||JPS||W 39–34||80,091|
|September 7||2:30 p.m.||at No. 2 Oklahoma*||ABC||L 27–37||75,564|
|September 14||6:00 p.m.||North Texas*||PPV||W 33–7||79,818|
|September 21||6:00 p.m.||Southern Miss*||ESPN2||W 20–7||83,818|
|September 28||6:45 p.m.||at Arkansas||ESPN||W 30–12||73,551|
|October 5||2:30 p.m.||No. 7 Georgia||No. 22||CBS||L 25–27||83,818|
|October 19||2:30 p.m.||No. 21 Ole Miss||No. 24||CBS||W 42–7||83,818|
|October 26||6:45 p.m.||at No. 16 Tennessee||No. 19||ESPN||W 34–14||107,722|
|November 2||1:00 p.m.||at Vanderbilt||No. 12||PPV||W 30–8||36,407|
|November 9||1:00 p.m.||Mississippi State||No. 11||PPV||W 28–14||83,818|
|November 16||8:00 p.m.||at No. 14 LSU||No. 10||ESPN||W 31–0||92,012|
|November 23||2:30 p.m.||Auburn||No. 9||CBS||L 7–17||83,818|
|November 30||6:45 p.m.||at Hawaii*||No. 14||ESPN||W 21–16||50,000|
- Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 2002 Season
|2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster|
| Special teams
- ↑ "Franchione bolts Alabama for Texas A&M". CNN. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/news/2002/12/05/franchione_am/. Retrieved February 10, 2008.
- ↑ "All-time Football Results: 2002 Season". 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 August 27, 2011.