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Decade Of Dominance:How Alabamas 10-Year Run Was The Greatest In College Footbal

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Decade Of Dominance:How Alabamas 10-Year Run Was The Greatest In College Footbal

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Nothing in college football history compares to what Nick Saban has accomplished at Alabama in the past decade. He has won five national championships and played for several others. Here are 10 that stand out:• Saban’s winning percentage of .817 in regular-season conference games was on pace to shatter the SEC record set by Tennessee’s Gen. Robert Neyland of .787 (Alabama’s Frank Thomas was third at .765, just ahead of Bear Bryant’s .764).• Alabama had defeated 82 straight unranked opponents, 10 more than any program in college football history. • Since 2008, the Crimson Tide had lost just once to a team outside of the top 15 in the AP Top 25. Every other program in college football had lost at least 10 during the same time period. • Alabama had been ranked No. 1 at some point of every season since 2008.• The last time the Crimson Tide wasn’t ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for a regular season game was against Auburn in 2015. It had been first in 45 of the previous 49 polls, with the four exceptions all being in the postseason. Heading into the 2019 season, when Alabama was expected to be ranked second in the preseason polls, the record for most appearances at No. 1 in a 50-week span was 33 (Southern California, 2003-05). • Saban had won 46 of his last 48 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium. • In 2018, when Alabama went into November undefeated, it marked the 11th straight season the Crimson Tide didn’t have more than one loss heading into the final month of the regular season. Since 1950, only one other program had done that, Nebraska under Tom Osborne from 1982 through 1997, although one season (1991) he did have a loss and a tie before November.• Saban had coached 76 games in which his team was ranked No. 1. He was 68-8—an .895 winning percentage—and closing in on doubling the most number of wins by anyone else. Bobby Bowden and Woody Hayes were both second on the all-time list with 40. • Saban had more wins (seven) against teams ranked No. 1 than any coach in history. He also had the most wins against teams in the top five, with 23. He was “only” third in wins over ranked opponents with 81, trailing Joe Paterno with 86 and Bowden with 82. Fourth on that list was Bryant with 66. • Every regular-season game Alabama played since 2010 had national title implications. Consequently, each game, each season and each championship was history in the making. And it’s still being written.

Item Number 13324407

ISBN 194961607XBinding Hardback

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