Nick Saban won his sixth national championship in 14 seasons at Alabama on Monday night with a 52-24 victory over Ohio State. However, not all competitions are created equal. The path to that point, the strength of opposition and the keeping of the rosters varies in every case.
What follows is a ranking of Saban’s six national championship teams, Alabama, in reverse order from “worst” to best. (Final team record in parentheses)
6. 2017 (13-1)
Championship game: Beat Georgia 26-23 during extra time at Atlanta.
Main player: QB Tua Tagovailoa, QB Jalen Hurts, WR Calvin Ridley, OL Jonah Williams, OL Bradley Bozeman, DL Da’Ron Payne, LB Rashaan Evans, DB Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Why is it number 6?: Alabama’s 2017 team will have the best ranking ever. But the standard is slightly higher in Tuscaloosa.In addition to Saban’s named squad, the 2017 team lost their regular season games by double digits (26-14 at Auburn) and needed extra time to win the championship game. In the end, it was Crimson Tide’s superb freshman class that saved the day, as Tagovailoa replaced the struggling Hurts in the second half against Georgia and threw a winning touchdown for DeVonta Smith over time. To win the walk-off championship
5. 2012 (13-1)
Championship game: Beat Notre Dame 42-14 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Main player: QB AJ McCarron, RB Eddie Lacy, WR Amari Cooper, OL Barrett Jones, OL Chance Warmack, DL Jesse Williams, LB CJ Mosley, DB Dee Milliner.
Why is it number 5?: The only repeat champion in the 2012 list, Crimson Tide rallied past LSU (21-17 in Baton Rouge), overcoming late tripping with Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M (29-21 lost in Tuscaloosa). ) And won a classic SEC game award (32-28 over Georgia) to reach the BCS National Championship Game in the face of what became an exaggerated Irish fighting team, Alabama jumped to the lead. At halftime 28-0 and cruising to the third national championship in four years. This is the team that made the “royal” whisper a reality.
4. 2015 (14-1)
Championship game: Defeat Clemson 45-40 in Glendale, Ariz.
Main player: QB Jake Coker, RB Derrick Henry, OL Cam Robinson, OL Ryan Kelly, DL Jonathan Allen, LB Reggie Ragland, DB Eddie Jackson, DB Marlon Humphrey.
Why is it number 4?: Derrick Henry, the Heisman Trophy winner, performed amazing offense and ability to hit off-the-beaten-track touchdowns (10 in total). Critics wondered if Saban lost a touch.Crimson Tide stumbled early in the season (43-37 lost to Ole Miss) but ended it up with 12 consecutive wins, the title game winning Clemson, a all-time classic too. The surprise forward kick and a touchdown return by Kenyan Drake are now in the show’s greatest moments.
3. 2554 (12-1)
Championship game: Beat LSU 21-0 in New Orleans.
Main player: QB AJ McCarron, RB Trent Richardson, OL Barrett Jones, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Courtney Upshaw, DB Mark Barron, DB Dre Kirkpatrick, DB DeQuan Menzie.
Why is it number 3?: This Alabama team is one of the greatest defenses in modern college football history, scoring just 8.2 points per game and only five opponents to double-digit scores. Sometimes the offense was a fight, which included a single loss to the Crimson Tide, a 9-6 defeat to LSU in Tuscaloosa over time, billed as Alabama’s “Game of the Century” returns to the National Championship. (In a somewhat controversial fashion) and shot again at LSU, who reigned this time with a 21-0 victory at Superdome in New Orleans.
2. 2009 (14-0)
Championship game: Beat Texas 37-21 in Pasadena, California.
Main player: QB Greg McElroy, RB Mark Ingram, WR Julio Jones, OL Mike Johnson, DL Terrence Cody, DL Marcell Dareus, LB Rolando McClain, DB / KR Javier Arenas.
Why is it number 2?: The Saban teams that started them all were one team so far this year to finish with a perfect record. Alabama scrambled early in the regular season and barely survived in a 12-10 victory over Tennessee at the end of October.The Crimson Tide might have performed stronger than any other team during this run, with Route 1 and defend Florida National Championship 32-13 in the SEC Championship Game, then beat unbeaten Texas and second place 37-21 in the BCS national championship at the Rose Bowl.
1. 2020 (13-0)
Championship game: Beat Ohio State 52-24 in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Main player: QB Mac Jones, RB Najee Harris, WR DeVonta Smith, OL Landon Dickerson, OL Alex Leatherwood, LB Christian Harris, LB Dylan Moses, DB Patrick Surtain.
Why is it number 1?: It’s hard to exaggerate how successful Alabama is in 2020, not just losing and winning the national title. But only after only once in the second half of every season (Against Georgia) and beat 11 SEC teams (11 best teams fact) and did it all.During the global pandemic, Crimson Tide set a record with a unanimous total of five Americans and won the Heisman Trophy. (Including the other two who finished 5th in the vote) when risking participating in new biases, this is Saban’s best team and perhaps the best in Alabama history.