It’s hard to dethrone the king.

The Alabama football team didn’t win its 18th national championship this past season, but its runner-up finish was the best among UA athletic teams in the 2018-19 year.

For the fifth straight year and sixth time in nine seasons, the football team took the No. 1 spot in the annual rankings of Alabama sports.

The football team finished 14-1, its only loss coming against Clemson in the national title game. The last time the football team didn’t hold the top spot in The Tuscaloosa News rankings was for 2013-14, when it checked in at No. 5 after finishing the season 12-2, despite being ranked No. 1 in the country for most of that season.

Alabama’s softball team jumped from sixth in last year’s rankings to No. 2 after a 60-10 record with an SEC title and a semifinal appearance in the Women’s College World Series.

Women’s track finished in seventh place in both the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships and earned the No. 3 ranking.

Men’s and women’s golf were second and third, respectively, last season, but the men fell to No. 8 and the women were No. 7 this year.

Men’s swimming jumped four spots to No. 4 after a seventh-place showing in the NCAA Championships.

Baseball, women’s basketball and soccer finished at the bottom of the list.


Alabama Football

Record: 14-1

SEC record: 8-0

SEC finish: First

National finish: Second


Record: 60-10

SEC record: 18-6

SEC finish: SEC champions, second in SEC tournament

National finish: Semifinals of Women’s College World Series

Women’s track

SEC finish: third indoor, fifth outdoor

National finish: seventh indoor, seventh outdoor

Men’s swimming

SEC finish: sixth at SEC Championships

National finish: Seventh at NCAA Championships

Men’s track

SEC finish: Fourth indoor, fifth outdoor

National finish: Eighth indoor, 10th outdoor


Record: 6-7

SEC finish: Third

NCAA finish: Third at NCAA regionals

Women’s golf

SEC finish: 11th in stroke play

NCAA finish: Tied for eighth at Auburn Regional

Men’s golf

SEC finish: 14th

NCAA finish: 11th at Athens Regional

Men’s basketball

Record: 18-16

SEC record: 8-10

SEC finish: 10th

NCAA finish: First round NIT

Women’s swimming and diving

SEC finish: 11th at SEC Championships

NCAA finish: 34th at NCAA Championships

Men’s tennis

Record: 16-11

SEC record: 5-7

SEC finish: Second round SEC tournament

NCAA finish: First round NCAA regional*

*Runner-up in NCAA doubles championships


Conference: Second in the Big 12 Championships

NCAA finish: Did not make postseason

Women’s tennis

Record: 18-12

SEC record: 6-7

SEC finish: First round SEC tournament

NCAA finish: First round NCAA regional

Men’s cross country

SEC finish: Sixth

NCAA finish: Sixth in South Regional

Women’s cross country

SEC finish: Ninth

NCAA finish: Eighth at South Regional


Record: 20-12

SEC record: 7-11

SEC finish: Seventh

NCAA finish: Did not make postseason


Record: 30-26

SEC record: 7-23

SEC finish: Seventh in SEC West

NCAA finish: Did not make postseason

Women’s basketball

Record: 14-17

SEC record: 5-11

SEC finish: 11th

NCAA finish: Did not make postseason


Record: 8-8-3

SEC record: 1-6-2

SEC finish: 11th

NCAA finish: Did not make postseason