University of Alabama football by the numbers

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University of Alabama football by the numbers

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Georgia Bulldogs Monday night in a battle for the national championship. 

The game will be played at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time, 8 p.m. Eastern, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Ahead of the big game, here is a by-the-numbers look at some of the Crimson Tide’s unique history.

1892: The University of Alabama football team, then known as the “Alabama Cadets,” played its first game. The university itself was founded in 1820.

1906: The UA team became known as the “Thin Red Line.” Its famous “Crimson Tide” label came the following year, in 1907, according to the Paul W. Bryant Museum.

1948: After more than 40 years of a rivalry so heated that they refused to play one another, the University of Alabama and Auburn University once again took to the field. The annual Iron Bowl between the two teams is one of the highlights of the year for fans on both sides of the stadium. 

1958: Legendary head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant took the helm of the Crimson Tide. Bryant ultimately coached the team through its 1982 season.

323: The number of wins Bryant racked up at Alabama. At the time of his retirement, he held the record for the most wins by a coach in college football. 

878: The number of official wins the Tide has earned in its history.

14: The number of SEC titles the Tide achieved under Bryant’s leadership. Bryant, known for his trademark houndstooth hat, had a record of 323-85-17 over his 25-year coaching career at the university. 

26: The Tide’s total number of SEC championships.

64: The number of bowl games the Tide has played.

16: The number of national championships the university claims, the most of any school in the SEC, the Bryant Museum said. The team’s most recent national title was in 2015 under current head coach Nick Saban.

101,821: The capacity of Bryant-Denny Stadium at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where the Tide plays all its home games. 

2007: The year Saban was hired to lead the Tide. Immediately prior to coaching at Alabama, Saban was head coach at Louisiana State University.

2: Bryant and Saban are the only two college football coaches to win SEC championships at two different schools. 

3: The number of Alabama coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame. Besides Bryant, those coaches include Frank Thomas and Eugene Stallings.

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