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rebelrouser
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We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's

AP rankings

Despite what jealous opponent fans may say, our history is pretty impressive.


Tornado Alley
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
Our history was impressive until you get to about 1971. Then it becomes exceedingly mediocre.


Oxford Ways
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
If you go off recognized titles, we got ours before Alabama won their first... what could've been


Tornado Alley
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
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If you go off recognized titles, we got ours before Alabama won their first... what could've been


Does the NCAA not recognize Bama's titles in 1930 and 1934, among others?


Oxford Ways
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
No you're right... That's what I get for using the SEC website for historical info regarding SEC timeline team titles


Tornado Alley
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
I was about to say, pretty sure Bama won the Rose Bowl with undefeated teams a few times in the 20s and 30s.


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Eric Nies Grind Time
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
What year did you guys integrate?


rebelrouser
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
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What year did you guys integrate?


1971 Gentle Ben Williams, which makes those rankings even more impressive.


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Eric Nies Grind Time
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
Classic case of go woke go broke


Tornado Alley
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
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Classic case of go woke go broke




Quality post ol' chap.


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Cheese Grits
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
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We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's


Probably better than 7th if you get rid of the sportswriters of the era

That was in the peak of the NCAA dictatorship of Walter Byers that served the B1G and PAC at the exclusion of the rest of the US.


New York's Mike Francesa referred to him as an "Oz-like" figure who ran the NCAA with ultimate control. Byers was also described as a "petty tyrant." The New York Times said that he was sometimes known as "That power-mad Walter Byers."


GoldenReb
Member since Sep 2013
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
I don’t know about the whole decade average, but I would put that team that gave up the Billy Canon run against any team from that decade. Gotta be a top 3 team from that era of football.


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Tornado Alley
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
Just to add a little more information to this thread, here is our decade-by-decade record.

1890s - 17-10 (no team in 1897) (62.9%)
1900s - 23-32-3 (39.7%)
1910s - 40-37-3 (50.0%)
1920s - 40-47-4 (44.0%)
1930s - 54-42-8 (51.9%)
1940s - 46-37-2 (no team in 1943) (54.1%)
1950s - 80-21-5 (75.5%)
1960s - 77-25-6 (71.3%)
1970s - 56-54 (50.9%)
1980s - 49-60-4 (43.4%)
1990s - 66-49 (57.4%)
2000s - 63-58 (52.1%)
2010s - 60-64 (43.4%)
2020s - 23-13 (63.9%)

In light of this information, I take back what I said in the second post. We are average outside of Vaught. Periodt. We have had some good but not great teams from time-to-time, but have rarely (really, never) strung together consistent success.
This post was edited on 1/31 at 7:03 am


REBEL5 AC
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
With Luke and Nutt having nearly half the 2010's, I'm surprised we were even that close to .500


Tornado Alley
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re: We were the seventh best team in the country during the 60's
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With Luke and Nutt having nearly half the 2010's, I'm surprised we were even that close to .500


They had exactly half of the 2010s, and our record with them as head coach was:
2010 - 4-8 (1-7)
2011 - 2-10 (0-8)
2017 - 6-6 (3-5)
2018 - 5-7 (1-7)
2019 - 4-8 (2-6)
21-39 (7-33)

That's downright depressing.


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