College football is American football played by teams of student athletes fielded by American universities, colleges, and military academies, or Canadian football played by teams of student athletes fielded by Canadian universities. It was through college football play that American football rules first gained popularity in the United States.
The 1970s were the most successful in the history of the Alabama football program. During the decade the teams won 3 national championships (1973, 1978, 1979) and dominated the SEC in an unprecedented manner, winning 8 titles in 10 years. The school posted back to back undefeated regular seasons in 1973 and 1974 and ended the decade in the midst of a school record 28-game winning streak. Alabama participated in a bowl every season during the decade, part of a school record 25 straight bowl appearances.
Alabama started the 1970s much as it ended the 1960s, going 6–5–1 after going 6–5 the year before. Southern Cal traveled to Birmingham for the opener and pounded the Tide 42–21, racking up 484 yards rushing. Auburn and LSU beat Alabama again, and Tennessee beat the Tide for the fourth year in a row. In the Tennessee game, quarterback Scott Hunter threw five interceptions and the team threw eight, both all-time Alabama records.