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Origins of SEC School Nicknames

Top-ranked Alabama visits Arkansas on Saturday for a heated Southeastern Conference football battle between two schools with a couple of the more unique nicknames in college sports—Crimson Tide and Razorbacks. Here are the origins of the nicknames for all 12 teams in the conference, including Commodores, Volunteers, and pairs of Bulldogs and Tigers. Alabama Crimson Tide Hugh [...]

What Exactly Is a Crimson Tide?

Last month, Scott Allen wrote about the origins of the nicknames of the 10 schools in BCS bowls. In honor of tonight’s championship game between Alabama and Texas, here’s the scoop on where they got “Crimson Tide” and “Longhorns.” Alabama Crimson Tide Hugh Roberts, sports editor for the Birmingham Age-Herald, is widely credited as being the first [...]

How the 10 Schools in BCS Bowls Got Their Nicknames

If the BCS rankings factored a school’s nickname into its formula—and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy’s final pass of Saturday’s Big 12 Championship Game had fluttered in the air for one second longer—Alabama would probably be playing the TCU Horned Frogs in the national championship game. As it is, the Crimson Tide will square off against [...]