2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Alabama Crimson Tide logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western Division
Ranking
AP No. 11
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)
Captain
Home stadium Bryant–Denny Stadium
(Capacity: 83,818)
Legion Field
(Capacity: 83,091)
Seasons
← 2001
2003 →
2002 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 3 Georgia x$   7 1         13 1  
Florida   6 2         8 5  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         7 5  
South Carolina   3 5         5 7  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 11 Alabama   6 2         10 3  
Arkansas xy   5 3         9 5  
No. 14 Auburn x   5 3         9 4  
LSU x   5 3         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Mississippi State   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Georgia 30, Arkansas 3
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
  • Alabama had the best division record, but did not participate in postseason play due to NCAA probation.
Rankings from AP Poll

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.

Summary[edit]

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.

On December 5, head coach Dennis Franchione left the University of Alabama to take a head coaching job at Texas A&M which was left vacant by the firing of R. C. Slocum.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 11:30 a.m. Middle Tennessee* Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama JPS W 39–34   80,091
September 7 2:30 p.m. at No. 2 Oklahoma* Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, Oklahoma ABC L 27–37   75,564
September 14 6:00 p.m. North Texas* Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, Alabama PPV W 33–7   79,818
September 21 6:00 p.m. Southern Miss* Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama ESPN2 W 20–7   83,818
September 28 6:45 p.m. at Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas ESPN W 30–12   73,551
October 5 2:30 p.m. No. 7 Georgia No. 22 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama CBS L 25–27   83,818
October 19 2:30 p.m. No. 21 Ole Missdagger No. 24 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Rivalry) CBS W 42–7   83,818
October 26 6:45 p.m. at No. 16 Tennessee No. 19 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in October) ESPN W 34–14   107,722
November 2 1:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt No. 12 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, Tennessee PPV W 30–8   36,407
November 9 1:00 p.m. Mississippi State No. 11 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Rivalry) PPV W 28–14   83,818
November 16 8:00 p.m. at No. 14 LSU No. 10 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, Louisiana (Rivalry) ESPN W 31–0   92,012
November 23 2:30 p.m. Auburn No. 9 Bryant–Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Iron Bowl) CBS L 7–17   83,818
November 30 6:45 p.m. at Hawaii* No. 14 Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI ESPN W 21–16   50,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
  • Source: Rolltide.com All-time Football Results: 2002 Season[2]

Roster[edit]

2002 Alabama Crimson Tide football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Croyle, BrodieBrodie Croyle Fr
C 58 Ephraim, AlonzoAlonzo Ephraim Sr
WR 84 Luke, TriandosTriandos Luke Jr
C 51 Mathis, EvanEvan Mathis So
QB 13 Pennington, SpencerSpencer Pennington Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
SS 10 Andrews, CarlosCarlos Andrews Jr
CB 41 Harper, RomanRoman Harper Fr
DE 54 Moorehead, KindalKindal Moorehead Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Franchione bolts Alabama for Texas A&M". CNN. Retrieved February 10, 2008. 
  2. ^ "All-time Football Results: 2002 Season". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved August 27, 2011.