The Crimson Tide offense returned nine starters from 2006. Returning are all three quarterbacks at the top of the depth chart, including starter John Parker Wilson. The entire starting offensive line returned, anchored by freshman All-American Andre Smith, along with reinforcements by the top four tight ends from the 2006 depth chart. Alabama's receiving unit was led by its wide receivers D.J. Hall, who broke nearly every Alabama-receiving record in school history in 2006. Alabama must find a replacement for Kenneth Darby at tailback from its young running backs. With the offensive line, quarterbacks, and receivers being regarded as strengths for the Tide, Alabama found a strong running game with its young running backs compared to their inconsistent passing game. The Tide adapted to the new offense installed by new offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. Head coach Nick Saban had stated this was to be a unique offense that no other team in America will be running, and will simply be titled the "Alabama" because of its solitude. All told, the Tide returned nine starters on offense.
The Alabama defense returned six starters in 2007, based on the 3–3–5 scheme that was run in 2006. The Tide in 2007 had a new starting nose tackle, outside linebacker, strongside linebacker, cornerback, and a starting safety.
The Alabama vs. LSU game on November 3 marked the second time that Alabama head coach Nick Saban competed against LSU. The first time came in the 1995 Independence Bowl while Saban was the head coach of Michigan State. The game was the first time Saban competed against LSU after his tenure as head coach at that school. Saban is now 0–2 against LSU.
The Alabama vs. Auburn game on November 24 saw the Tide attempting to end a current losing streak to the Tigers, which is now at 6.
Of the twelve teams on the 2007 schedule, eight made bowl games in 2006. Seven opponents were ranked in the top 25 entering the matchups versus Alabama.
Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson was 17–of–25 for 189 yards. Redshirt freshman running back Terry Grant had a coming-out party with 134 yards rushing on 18 attempts and three of Alabama's touchdowns. Freshman WR Jeff Nelson had 6 catches for 97 yards, including a 45 yard td reception to go along with 2 returns for 106 yards and a td before leaving the game in the 3rd quarter with a high ankle sprain.
For the 19th time in a row stretching back to 1984, Alabama defeated Vanderbilt before a sold-out crowd of 39,773 at Vanderbilt Stadium. This marks Nick Saban's first conference victory as Alabama's head coach.
Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson was 14–of–28 for 150 yards. Redshirt freshman running back Terry Grant, for a second week rushed for over 100 yards, with 173 yards rushing on 24 attempts and both of Alabama's touchdowns. Leigh Tiffin would account for the remainder of the scoring in hitting field goals of 20, 40 and 29 yards.
In an unexpected offensive showcase, the Tide managed to squeak by Ole Miss 27–24. They had to mount a fourth quarter comeback from a 24–17 deficit. Leigh Tiffin kicked the game winning field goal from 24 yards with 5:14 remaining in the game. Ole Miss attempted to score on their last drive and either force the game into overtime with a field goal or win with a touchdown. With a fourth-and-22 on Alabama's 45–yard line, Rebels quarterback Seth Adams completed a pass to Shay Hodge at the 3–yard line. However, the call was reviewed and then reversed after Nick Saban called a timeout to give the officials more time to look at the replay, sealing the victory for Alabama. John Parker Wilson was 26 for 40 and threw an interception and no touchdowns. The Tide only gave up one fumble, but it was inside the Ole Miss 5–yard line as Alabama was about to score. The defense was able to force 3 interceptions on the day.
Nick Saban set a different tone for this year's "The Third Saturday in October" right from the get go. Saban elected to kick an onside kick on the opening kickoff. Alabama recovered and scored 3 on Leigh Tiffen's 39 yard field goal. Bama extended their lead to 10 when QB John Parker Wilson connected with Terry Grant on a 3 yard touchdown pass.
Tennessee then scored 14 unanswered points to take the lead early in the 2nd quarter. Arian Foster had a 2 yard touchdown run and Erik Ainge found TE Luke Stocker for a 3 yard touchdown pass. At that point Alabama took over. WR D.J. Hall had 2 2nd quarter touchdown receptions. Leigh Tiffin added 3 more field goals to bring his total to four on the day. RB Terry Grant also had an 8 yard touchdown run. Tennessee was only able to add one field goal by Daniel Lincoln, shortly before halftime, as the Crimson Tide outscored Tennessee 17–0 in the second half.
WR D.J. Hall and QB John Parker Wilson had career days for Alabama. Hall had 13 receptions for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wilson was 32–of–46 for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns.
After a four game slide to end a once promising season, Alabama played Colorado in the Independence Bowl on December 30, 2007. Alabama scored on their opening drive off of a Leigh Tiffin field goal to lead 3–0. Colorado's first offensive play of the game resulted in an interception by Rolando McClain. Once again, Alabama relied on another field goal from Tiffin to push their lead to 6–0. Later in the quarter, Alabama's John Parker Wilson would throw a touchdown to Keith Brown and Matt Caddell to push the Crimson Tide to a 20–0 lead after one quarter. Early in the second quarter, Wilson would connect to Nikita Stover on a 31–yard touchdown pass and the Crimson Tide lead 27–0 after just under 20 minutes played in the game. The Buffaloes would control the majority of the second quarter after Wilson threw an interception. Buffaloes freshman quarterback Cody Hawkins threw touchdown passes to Tyson DeVree and Dusty Sprague to close the gap, as the Crimson Tide lead 27–14 at halftime. The only score in the third quarter would come from Kevin Eberhart on a Colorado field goal. Leigh Tiffin kicked a field goal as the Crimson Tide lead 30–17, though Cody Hawkins and Tyson DeVree would connect on another passing touchdown. In a desperation attempt with 0:01 left in the fourth quarter, Colorado would attempt several laterals but would fall short of midfield. The victory sent Alabama to a 7–6 overall record as they avoided a second consecutive losing season.
|John Parker Wilson||13–13||81||292||1.3||5||24||8.0|
|D. J. Hall||13–11||2||7||3.5||0||7||0.5|
|P. J. Fitzgerald||13–0||1||–5||–5.0||0||–5||–2.2|
|John Parker Wilson||13–13||114.60||255–462||55.2||2,846||18||12||67||218.9|
|D. J. Hall||13–11||67||1,005||15.0||6||67||77.3|
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|D. J. Hall||—||1||7||7.0||0||7|
|P. J. Fitzgerald||64||2,475||38.7||58||8||13||20||1|
|Julio Jones||WR||6-4||215||Foley HS (AL)||WR #1||Signed|
|Burton Scott||ATH||5-11||194||Vigor HS (AL)||ATH #1||Signed|
|Courtney Upshaw||DE||6-2||225||Eufaula HS (AL)||DE #4||Signed|
|Tyler Love||OT||6-7||280||Mountain Brook HS (AL)||OT #1||Signed|
|Jerrell Harris||OLB||6-3||220||Gadsden HS (AL)||OLB #8||Signed|
|Mark Ingram||RB||5-10||190||Southwestern Academy (MI)||RB #12||Signed|
|Terrance Cody||DT||6-5||390||Mississippi Gulf Coast Comm. College||TRANSFER||Signed|
|Kerry Murphy||DT||6-5||320||Hargrave Military Academy (VA)||--||Signed|
|Chris Jackson||ATH||6-0||187||Henry County HS (GA)||ATH #14||Signed|
|Destin Hood||WR||6-2||185||St. Paul's Episcopal School (AL)||WR #23||Signed|
|Melvin Ray||WR||6-2||185||North Florida Christian HS (FL)||OLB #24||Signed|
|Chris Jordan||OLB||6-2||201||Brentwood HS (TN)||OLB #20||Signed|
|Mark Barron||ATH||6-2||202||St. Paul's Episcopal School (AL)||ATH #19||Signed|
|Devonta Bolton||WR||6-3||220||Norcross HS (GA)||WR #33||Signed|
|Robby Green||CB||6-0||175||John Curtis Christian HS (LA)||CB #15||Signed|
|Alonzo Lawrence||CB||6-1||187||George County HS (MS)||CB #17||Signed|
|Ivan Matchett||RB||5-10||206||St. Paul's Episcopal School (AL)||RB #31||Signed|
|John Michael Boswell||OT||6-6||290||Tuscaloosa County HS (AL)||OT #19||Signed|
|Brandon Lewis||DE||6-3||260||Pleasant Valley HS (AL)||DE #21||Signed|
|Damion Square||DE||6-3||265||Jake Yates HS (TX)||DE #24||Signed|
|Star Jackson||QB||6-3||182||Lake Worth HS (TX)||QB #22||Signed|
|Don'ta Hightower||DE||6-3||248||Marshall County HS (TN)||DE #26||Signed|
|Michael Williams||DE||6-6||240||Pickens County HS (AL)||DE #26||Signed|
|Barrett Jones||OT||6-5||271||Evangelical Christian School (TN)||OT #28||Signed|
|Wesley Neighbors||S||6-2||195||Huntsville HS (AL)||S #23||Signed|
|Glenn Harbin||DE||6-5||240||McGill Toolen Catholic HS (AL)||DE #44||Signed|
|Marcel Dareus||DT||6-4||275||Huffman HS (AL)||DT #39||Signed|
|Brad Smelley||TE||6-3||220||American Christian Academy (AL)||TE #31||Signed|
|Jermaine Preyear||FB||5-11||205||Davidson HS (AL)||FB #5||Signed|
|Robert Lester||S||6-2||200||Foley HS (AL)||S #38||Signed|
|Corey Smith||K||6-1||208||Musselman HS (AL)||K #14||Signed|
|Undra Billingsley||DE||6-3||265||Woodlawn HS (AL)||DE #86||Signed|