Alabama then defeated LSU in Baton Rouge before their first home win of the season at the Cramton Bowl over South Carolina. After victories over both Tennessee and Georgia at Legion Field, the Crimson Tide routed both Kentucky and Vanderbilt on the road to extend their record to 7-0. They then closed the season with a pair of games at Denny Stadium where they defeated the Pensacola NAS and Mississippi State to complete an undefeated regular season.
One month later, Alabama won the Rose Bowl over USC to finish the season undefeated. The 1945 season was the fourth perfect season in Alabama history, following the perfect seasons of 1925, 1930 and 1934. However, Alabama did not win the national championship in 1945; that honor went to the Army Cadets team that went 9-0 and outscored its opponents by a 412-46 margin. The Crimson Tide finished second in the AP poll behind the Cadets.The NCAA recognizes consensus national champions as the teams that have captured a championship by way of one of the major polls since the 1950 college football season, and prior to 1950, they were chosen by a variety of selectors. For the 1945 season, Army was recognized as national champions. The 1945 Alabama team was later determined to be national champions by the National Championship Foundation; however, Alabama does not claim 1945 as one of its 18 recognized national championships. The 1945 USC Trojans football team was in their fourth year under head coach Jeff Cravath. The Trojans compiled a 7-4 record (5-1 against conference opponents), won the Pacific Coast Conference championship, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 205 to 150. The 1946 Rose Bowl was the 32nd edition of the college football bowl game, played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Tuesday, January 1. The game matched the undefeated Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama of the SEC and the #7 Trojans of the University of Southern California of the Pacific Coast Conference (PCC). The Tide defeated the underdog Trojans 34-14. It was Alabama's sixth and final trip to the Rose Bowl until their College Football Playoff semifinal appearance in 2021 and Frank Thomas' final bowl trip as head coach.
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