Alabama looks to notch first win over Texas after eight futile attempts

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — The Bear couldn’t do it. Nobody at Alabama has.
Eight times, a Crimson Tide football team has taken the field against Texas — Thursday’s Bowl Championship Series title game will be the ninth — and never has one walked off a winner. Count ’em: seven losses and a tie dating to 1902. Nobody else among college football’s 10 winningest programs has a similar history of futility against a single opponent.