Alabama football has a history of dominance in AT&T Stadium

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Alabama football has dominated in AT&T Stadium in the past

While Alabama football will play in the Rose Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, they will not be playing in Pasadena. Due to crowd restrictions, the game has been moved to Arlington. The Crimson Tide will now play in AT&T Stadium, a place where they have a favorable history.

The home of the Dallas Cowboys, Alabama’s era of dominance stems back to 2012. The Crimson Tide played against Michigan and won by 27. Led by Denard Robinson, the Wolverines were expected to compete for a title that year. Instead, they fell short of all of their goals. The Tide ran for 232 yards and won this one easily.

Their next game in Arlington was another season opener. In 2015, the Crimson Tide faced off against the Wisconsin Badgers. Derrick Henry began his Heisman campaign early with a long touchdown on fourth down, and the Tide cruised to an easy 35-17 victory. Henry finished with 147 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. We also saw Jake Coker’s first chance as the team’s starter, and he played well against the Badgers.

In that same season, Alabama made it back to Arlington. They beat the Michigan State Spartans by 38 points in the CFP semifinal. That team would go on to beat Clemson and win Alabama football’s 16th title.

Alabama’s last game in AT&T Stadium saw the birth of Jalen Hurts as an Alabama quarterback. He replaced the struggling Blake Barnett and carried the Tide to victory over the USC Trojans. In these four games, they have combined for a score of 166-37.

While the Tide have played in AT&T Stadium four times, they have done it in three seasons. Alabama football has made it to the championship game in each of those seasons, and they have won a title in two of the three. Alabama was also supposed to begin this year in Arlington, but their game against USC was canceled due to COVID-19. The players will now get their chance to play in the Cowboys’ home stadium as they look to earn a spot in the championship.

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Nick Saban has as many games in AT&T Stadium as Alabama’s head coach as the Cowboys have won at home this season. Saban and the Crimson Tide will look to go 5-0 in Arlington on New Year’s Day against Notre Dame.