Dec 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after winning the 2015 SEC Championship Game against the Florida Gators at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 29-15. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
1967 Sugar Bowl – Dominance Denied
Alabama Football is often described as being a “dominant” football team, and what they did to Nebraska in the 1967 Sugar Bowl was clearly a show of dominance.
Alabama put a beating on Nebraska, winning the game 34-7 with Nebraska’s single touchdown coming in the fourth quarter after the game was decided.
The thing about the 1967 Sugar Bowl is that Alabama didn’t end up winning the National Championship. Even though Alabama had a perfect season, beat some really great teams, and Notre Dame had tied Michigan State in the regular season the Tide was denied a National Championship.
Alabama Football had been awarded the National Championship the last two season, in 1965 Alabama was given a National Championship even though they lost their bowl game.
Perhaps this was the awarding bodies trying to correct the mistake of 1965… or perhaps this was some of the first Bama hate from the media. Whatever the reason, Alabama did not get a national championship that they most certainly should have been awarded in 1966. Instead Notre Dame and Michigan State claim the 1966 national title.
So when you’re complaining about the playoff and the bowl system now, just remember how bad it was after the 1967 Sugar Bowl.
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