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The Alabama Crimson Tide football team represents the University of Alabama (variously Alabama, UA, or 'Bama) in the sport of American football. The Crimson Tide competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).[1] The Crimson Tide is one of the most storied and decorated programs in NCAA history. Since beginning play in 1892, the program has accepted 14 of the national championships awarded to the team,[2][3][4] including 9 wire-service AP or Coaches national titles in the poll-era.> From 1958 to 1982, the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Bear Bryant, who won six national championships with the program.[3] Despite multiple national and conference championships, it was not until 2009 that an Alabama player received a Heisman Trophy, when running back Mark Ingram, Jr. became the university's first winner.[5]

As of the completion of the 2011 season, Alabama has 814 official victories in NCAA Division I, has won 26 conference championships (4 Southern Conference and 22 SEC championships) and has made an NCAA-record 59 postseason bowl appearances. Other NCAA records include 22 10-game win streaks, and 16 seasons with a 10-0 start. The program has 31 10–win seasons,[6][7] and has 33 bowl victories, both NCAA records.[8] The Crimson Tide leads the SEC West Division with seven division titles and seven appearances in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama holds a winning record against every current and former SEC school except for newcomer Missouri. The Associated Press (AP) currently ranks Alabama 5th in all-time final AP Poll appearances, with 48.[9]

Alabama currently plays their home games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, located on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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  2. ^ <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"National Championships". University of Alabama Athletics. Retrieved 2008-10-25.
  3. ^ a b <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Alabama's 13 National Championships" (PDF). University of Alabama Athletics. Retrieved 2008-10-02.
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  9. ^ <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>"Total Appearances in the Final AP Poll". AP Poll Archive. Retrieved 2008-10-02.

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