Alabama Crimson Tide Football, 1950–1959 - 1958

1958

1958 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Conference Southeastern Conference
1958 record 5–4–1 (3–4–1 SEC)
Head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant
Captain Dave Sington
Captain Bobby Smith
Home stadium Denny Stadium
Legion Field
Ladd Stadium
Seasons
« 1957 1959 »
1958 SEC football standings
Conf Overall
Team W L T W L T
#1/1 LSU 6 0 0 11 0 0
#4/4 Auburn 6 0 1 9 0 1
#11/12 Ole Miss 4 2 0 9 2 0
Vanderbilt 2 1 3 5 2 3
Tennessee 4 3 0 4 6 0
Alabama 3 4 1 5 4 1
Kentucky 3 4 1 5 4 1
#14/15 Florida 2 3 1 6 4 1
Georgia Tech 2 3 1 5 4 1
Georgia 2 4 0 4 6 0
Tulane 1 5 0 3 7 0
Mississippi State 1 6 0 3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The improvement of Crimson Tide football under Bryant was immediate and dramatic. Despite playing a tough schedule (five ranked teams), Alabama managed its first winning season since 1953. The Tide went 5–4–1, with Bryant winning more games in one year than Whitworth did in three.

In the season opener, Bama led LSU 3–0 at the half before losing 13–3; LSU went on to win the 1958 national championship. The Tide played a ranked Vanderbilt team to a scoreless tie and then, on October 25, beat then-#19 Mississippi State for its first victory over a ranked team since beating Auburn in 1953. On November 15 Alabama sprang a 17–8 upset on Georgia Tech. The season finale saw Alabama's fifth straight Iron Bowl loss, but the 14–8 defeat to Auburn was much closer than the previous four. For the season, Bama scored 37 points more than the year before (although the offense was still poor, averaging 10.6 points per game), and allowed 98 points fewer, holding the opposition to 7.5 points per game. Respectability had been restored.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 27 #15 LSU Ladd Stadium • Mobile, Alabama L 3–13
October 4 #20 Vanderbilt Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama T 0–0
October 11 Furman* Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama W 29–6
October 18 at Tennessee Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in October) L 7–14
October 25 at #19 Mississippi State Scott Field • Starkville, Mississippi W 9–7
November 1 Georgia Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama W 12–0
November 8 Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, Louisiana L 7–13
November 15 at #20 Georgia Tech Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia W 17–8
November 22 Memphis* Denny Stadium • Tuscaloosa, Alabama W 14–0
November 29 vs. #2 Auburn Legion Field • Birmingham, Alabama (Iron Bowl) L 8–14

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