The Crimson Tide are playing at a different level now than they did when the program started in the late 1980s.
That season, Alabama had a new quarterback in Sam Darnold, a sophomore who would go on to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman.
The Crimsonettes offense would also see major change.
Now, they had a more balanced attack, and they also had an experienced quarterback in Jameis Winston.
They had an athletic running back in Dalvin Cook, and it was clear they would be able to win on any given day.
“I think Alabama was pretty different when we first got to this stage,” said J.T. Barrett, who was the head coach at the time.
“It was a new era, a new team, a different quarterback and a different offensive coordinator.
So I think when you’re playing against Alabama, you have to learn how to play against them.
You have to know how to win games.”
When the Crimson Tide finished their first season at the College Football Playoff in 2016, they took home the national championship.
But the team’s record in the division was the lowest in the conference that season, and the next year, the Crimsonettes went 4-8 in the SEC and lost to Ole Miss.
That was just the beginning.
The following year, Alabama played Alabama-Birmingham in the Rose Bowl, losing by a score of 28-21.
It was a season that would take the Crimsonette team from a two-loss season to a nine-win season.
The 2017 season was the last time Alabama played at home.
After a disappointing bowl loss to Texas A&M, the team returned to the SEC for a bye week and played two of the five games it was scheduled to play in 2018.
They then played Alabama Tech in the Peach Bowl, where they were knocked out by a 42-21 score.
The next week, Alabama traveled to Miami and lost 42-24.
The week after that, Alabama went to Atlanta for a home game against Auburn, and Auburn won 38-10.
“The bowl games, they’re going to make it tough for us,” said offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings.
“When they come to our game, it’s not going to be easy for us.”
Alabama would then play Georgia Tech in a bowl game, and again, the score would not be easy.
The team would win 35-28, but the next week it would play Georgia in the BCS National Championship Game, and then Alabama would go to Clemson for the second time in five years.
“We had to get to the end of the season and play at the national level,” Barrett said.
“Then we could focus on the SEC.”
That was how Alabama finished the 2018 season, winning nine games and losing just three.
After that, it would have to wait until 2019.
Alabama would be in the College World Series for the first time since 2010.
In 2019, the Tide lost their first game of the year in the A-Sun Bowl against Oklahoma.
They would go winless the rest of the way.
“There was a sense of a big shift in the program,” Barrett added.
“A lot of changes.
It’s a great year to be a part of.”
After three years of missing the postseason, the season finally came to an end after the Tide beat the No. 4-ranked Auburn Tigers in the 2017 Peach Bowl.
The game ended in a 30-28 win, and that was the end for the Crimson Aces.
The last game of their 2019 season was against Georgia Tech, which was then a two and a half game game down in the ACC Coastal Division.
But in the second half, the game ended after a touchdown from Barrett to T.Y. Hilton.
That brought an end to the 2019 season, the last season Alabama would play at home, and Barrett’s time in Tuscaloosa was over.
“That’s when I knew it was time to get out,” Barrett wrote in a letter to his teammates.
“As I left the stadium, I knew we had a very long, very hard road ahead of us.”
Barrett’s legacy is not the only one that was changed in the 2019 football season.
A lot of the changes that occurred during his time in the state also impacted the 2017 Crimson Tide team.
That team played two bowl games against the defending national champion Clemson Tigers and the reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
The teams combined to finish 7-5.
“You have to remember that Alabama was a very talented team at the beginning,” Barrett explained.
“They were going to win a lot of games and they had some good players.
They just didn’t win many games.
They ended up getting knocked out in the championship game.”
There are a lot more people involved in Alabama football than Barrett’s team.
In his letter to the players, Barrett said that they have grown a lot, but it is still a very young team.
“At the end