Alabama finished the 2018 season with a 14-1 record — their only loss coming in the College Football Playoff national championship, which they lost to Clemson, 44-16.
The Crimson Tide haven’t had more than one loss in a season since 2014. Will they continue that streak this year?
Here’s what Alabama fans need to know heading into the 2019 season.
Alabama Crimson Tide 2019 full football schedule
Here is the full, detailed schedule for Alabama’s 2019 football season:
|Duke||Saturday, August 31||3:30 p.m.||Atlanta, GA||ABC|
|New Mexico St.||Saturday, September 7||4 p.m.||Tuscaloosa, ALA||SEC Network|
|South Carolina||Saturday, September 14||3:30 p.m.||Columbia, S.C.||CBS|
|Southern Miss||Saturday, September 21||TBD||Tuscaloosa, ALA||TBD|
|Ole Miss||Saturday, September 28||TBD||Tuscaloosa, ALA||TBD|
|Texas A&M||Saturday, October 12||TBD||College Station, TEX||TBD|
|Tennessee||Saturday, October 19||TBD||Tuscaloosa, ALA||TBD|
|Arkansas||Saturday, October 26||TBD||Tuscaloosa, ALA||TBD|
|LSU||Saturday, November 9||TBD||Tuscaloosa, ALA||TBD|
|Mississippi St.||Saturday, November 16||TBD||Starkville, MISS||TBD|
|Western Carolina||Saturday, November 23||TBD||Tuscaloosa, ALA||TBD|
|Auburn||Saturday, November 30||TBD||Auburn, ALA||TBD|
You can find tickets to each of Alabama’s home games here. Prices range from $35 to $140 for single game tickets.
The Crimson Tide went 14-1 last year, beating their opponents by an average score of 46-18.
Here’s what happened in every game of Alabama’s 2018 schedule:
|Louisville||Saturday, September 1||Orlando, FLA||W||51-14|
|Arkansas State||Saturday, September 8||Tuscaloosa, ALA||W||57-7|
|Ole Miss||Saturday, September 15||Oxford, MISS||W||62-7|
|Texas A&M||Saturday, September 22||Tuscaloosa, ALA||W||45-23|
|Louisiana||Saturday, September 29||Tuscaloosa, ALA||W||56-14|
|Arkansas||Saturday, October 6||Fayetteville, ARK||W||65-31|
|Missouri||Saturday, October 13||Tuscaloosa, ALA||W||39-10|
|Tennessee||Saturday, October 20||Knoxville, TENN||W||58-21|
|LSU||Saturday, November 3||Baton Rouge, LA||W||29-0|
|Mississippi State||Saturday, November 10||Tuscaloosa, ALA||W||24-0|
|The Citadel||Saturday, November 17||Tuscaloosa, ALA||W||50-17|
|Auburn||Saturday, November 24||Tuscaloosa, ALA||W||52-21|
|Georgia||Saturday, December 1||Atlanta, GA||W||35-28|
|Oklahoma||Saturday, December 29||Miami Gardens, FLA||W||45-34|
|Clemson||Monday, January 7||Santa Clara, CALIF||L||44-16|
Top returning players
Alabama saw three key players taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams went No. 3 to the Jets, offensive tackle Jonah Williams went No. 11 to the Bengals, and running back Josh Jacobs went No. 24 to the Raiders.
But the Crimson Tide lost another big name to transfer: Jalen Hurts. The quarterback transferred to Oklahoma after the 2018 season for his final year of eligibility.
So who are the top stars returning for Alabama:
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had a record-setting year as a sophomore in 2018, throwing for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions while finishing second in Heisman voting behind Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy returns for his junior year after racking up 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns receiving last season.
Defensive end LaBryan Ray had 39 tackles and 2 ½ sacks last year and will have big shoes to fill in the absence of Quinnen Williams.
We have Alabama sitting at No. 2 in our preseason Top 25. Here’s that breakdown:
Nick Saban hasn’t gone two consecutive years without a national title since the 2013-14 seasons. Whenever there are doubts about the Tide’s dynasty ending, Alabama seemingly returns to the top. But for the first time since that 2009 title, Saban’s bunch has competition as the sport’s dominant program. With QB Tau Tagovailoa, WR Jerry Judy and LB Dylan Moses among the returning stars, another ‘Bama-Clemson showdown might be on the way.
The 2020 College Football Playoff
The College Football Playoff era is entering its sixth season in the 2019-20 season. Will it be the first season since the inaugural playoff that Clemson and Alabama don’t play in either a CFP semifinal or national championship?
Whether the Tigers and Tide play each other or not, here are the dates and sites for the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinals and CFP national championship.
When is the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinals?
The CFP semifinals are set for Dec. 28, 2019. One semifinal is the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The other semifinal is the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.
When is the 2020 College Football Playoff national championship?
The CFP national championship is a bit later in 2020. The two winners of the semifinals will meet on the second Monday of January in New Orleans on Jan. 13, 2020 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Below is a complete history of the College Football Playoff national championship game.
|2015||No. 4 Ohio State 42, No. 2 Oregon 20|
|2016||No. 2 Alabama 45, No. 1 Clemson 40|
|2017||No. 2 Clemson 35, No. 1 Alabama 31|
|2018||No. 4 Alabama 26, No. 3 Georgia 23|
|2019||No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Clemson|
2021-2024 CFP national championship locations and dates
2021: Miami-South Florida (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida) – Jan. 11
2022: Indianapolis (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana) – Jan. 10
2023: Los Angeles (Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California) – Jan. 9
2024: Houston (NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas) – Jan. 8