What about the 1924 Alabama team?

by Ken Levitor
(Cordova, Al. USA)

Nothin' But A Winner

Nothin' But A Winner

1924 was probably one of the most important seasons in Crimson Tide football history. Their remarkable defense and impressive offense may have helped lead to a Rose Bowl after the 1925 season.

After shutting out their first six opponents, 219-0, Kentucky managed to cross the goal line. Despite winning 42-7 the Tide probably thought their next game was nothing to worry about. It's likely they were more concerned about Georgia, their season ending game, and overlooked Centre College.

Centre would show Alabama why they ended up tied at 24 for the best winning percentage that year while the better known Bulldogs would come in tied for number 40. (All win percentage numbers are using calculations based upon a minimum of five current Div. 1-A opponents. Centre only qualified from 1919 through 1926. However they rank 22 out of 148 teams that met those standards in that span.)

Unfortunately Centre took advantage of the opportunity and shocked Bama back to earth, winning 17-0. With the next week off Wallace Wade whipped his team back into shape. The now grounded Tide team showed their true abilities against Georgia, winning 33-0.

At seasons end they had a record of 8-1, with seven shutouts. With a scoring total of 294 to 24 they managed an incredible 12.25 to 1 points ratio. The total points allowed led to a near record 2.66 per game average.

In 1925 they let their second opponent score 7 points before reeling off 6 shutouts. If it had not been for the prior season they may not have been invited to the Rose Bowl after all. I'm pretty sure the Bowl committee took into account both seasons before they invited Alabama.

That's why I say that Bama's 1924 team might have been the most important one ever. Without their record it might have been 1927 before Alabama played in the Rose Bowl, if they would have gotten there at all.

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May 13, 2009
alabama-centre 1924
by: rob robertson

i have written a book on the amazing exploits of centre college in the years following the great war( WW I.) it is called THE WONDER TEAM.

in 1924 centre not only beat a heavily favored alabama team which outweighed the colonels by over 10 lbs. per man, but DOMINATED.

alabama crossed midfield but once, and that was to centre's 48 yard line.

centre ran 84 plays and picked up 15 first downs. alabama ran but 54 plays and picked up 5 first downs.

centre gained 155 yards on the ground and picked up 102 through the air by completing 6 of 8 passes.

alabama gained 42 yards rushing and 36 passing for a total yardage of 78, averaging just 1.5 yards per play. IT WAS BASICALLY 3 PLAYS AND PUNT.

centre won the game 17-0 and the margin would have been greater if it had been more successful on field goal attempts, converting only 1 of 4.

the tide never got close enough to even consider a field goal.

during the 1924 season, centre had 223 students. the enrollment at alabama was right at 2,500.

the 1924 game was played before 17,000 spectators, a packed stadium, at rickwood field in birmingham on november 15.

centre played in birmingham 4 times during 1921-24. the colonels beat auburn 21-0 in 1921, lost to auburn 6-0 in 1922, and won the rubber match-up in 1923, 17-0.

in november of 1924, centre beat kentucky, tennessee, alabama and georgia by a combined score of 70-7. only georgia scored, and that was because of a centre fumble near its own goal line.

the statement was made in the story which precipated my posting that alabama may have lost to centre because it was looking forward to the georgia game.

centre beat alabama in 1924 because centre was the better team

rob robertson
email- drrob4life@aol.com

THE WONDER TEAM is available on amazon.com

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