I'm inclined to give coach Bryant a pass on the 7 winless Bowl games from 1968-1975. Reason being the death of one Pat Trammell on 12/10/1968. I surmise he had difficulty focusing on football in December for at least those next seven years. The Bowl record certainly indicates as much.The only real blemish on Coach Bryant’s record is his Bowl Record. Following the second close loss to ND, my dad punched our refrigerator so hard it damaged the Freon tube and we didn’t have use of a refrigerator for several weeks until we could afford another one.
"A short time after Coach Bryant retired (due to advanced heart disease), legendary Birmingham News writer Clyde Bolton caught Bryant in a melancholy moment and asked him quietly, “Who was your favorite player, Coach?”
Oh course, Bryant would never pick one kid over the other, and he loved the guys who consistently tried to outwork their limited abilities every bit as much as his glittering All-Americans, but Bolton finally caught the legendary Alabama molder-of-men just right.
Coach Bryant talked about 10 or 15 “really special” players and then, pausing a moment, famously told the writer, “Now you’ll have to forgive me here for getting a little sentimental but … Pat Trammell was not just my favorite player … he was the favorite person … I’ve ever had in my life.”
That's who Pat Trammell was."
There is much, much more here that justifies my belief. A very good read.