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5 Greatest Alabama vs. Texas College Football Games of All Time

The Longhorns lead the series 7-1-1
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas Longhorns in 2010 BCS National Championship Game

This Saturday, Alabama and Texas will meet in the regular season for the first time since 1922. The Longhorns and Tide have played six times in the postseason since then, with Texas holding a 7-1-1 lead in the series.

While this series may be one-sided, it has still produced some very good college football games. Here are the top five.

5. Alabama 37, Texas 21

Jan. 7, 2010  Pasadena, Calif.

The Tide's only win in this series came in the BCS National Championship Game with both teams entering the game undefeated. In the first quarter, Marcell Dareus hit Texas quarterback Colt McCoy on a running play, pinching a nerve in his throwing shoulder. True freshman Garrett Gilbert came in in relief, and Alabama jumped out to a 24-6 halftime lead. The Longhorns closed that gap to 24-21 with a little over six minutes to go, but Mark Ingram II and Trent Richardson each reeled off touchdowns to clinch the first national championship of the Nick Saban era in Tuscaloosa.

4. Texas 17, Alabama 13

Jan. 1, 1973  Dallas

Alabama took a 10-0 lead in the Cotton Bowl thanks to two interceptions off of Texas quarterback Alan Lowry and led 13-3 at halftime. In the second half, the Longhorns shut down the Tide's offense, and Lowry redeemed himself with two touchdown runs.

3. Texas 3, Alabama 3

Dec. 17, 1960  Houston

This Bluebonnet Bowl matchup was a defensive struggle, with the only scores being a field goal by each team. Texas kicker Dany Petty had a chance to win the game but missed a 35-yard field goal as time expired. This was the first of three bowl meetings between Bear Bryant and Darrell Royal, with Texas going 2-0-1.

2. Texas 14, Alabama 12

Jan. 1, 1982  Dallas

In this Cotton Bowl match-up between two top-five teams, Alabama led 10-0 in the fourth quarter. Then the Longhorns got on the board with a 30-yard quarterback draw by Robert Brewer, and Terry Orr put his team up with an eight-yard touchdown run with 2:05 left. On the next possession, Texas safety William Graham picked off Walter Lewis' pass at the Longhorn one-yard line. Texas then ran the clock down and took a safety to give the Tide less time and worse field position and held on to win.

1. Texas 21, Alabama 17

Jan. 1, 1965  Miami

The 10-0 Tide entered the Orange Bowl having already been crowned national champion in the era where final polls were released after the regular season and before the bowls. With Joe Namath sitting on the bench with a knee injury, Texas jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. Alabama coach Bear Bryant put Namath in, and he went on to be named the game's MVP after completing 18 of 37 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. However, a late goal-line stand by the Longhorns prevented a Tide comeback. This was the first Orange Bowl played at night and it was aired on NBC, giving an early demonstration of the potential for broadcasting football games on TV.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.