Stuart McNair

Alabama’s Decade of Dominance over SEC under Nick Saban

The Alabama numbers under Nick Saban trample SEC rivals

This is not the only great era of Alabama football. The 25-year reign of Paul Bryant produced three national championships in the 1960s and three more in the 1970s and a total of 13 Southeastern Conference titles. Frank Thomas’s Crimson Tide teams in the 1930s produced a pair of national championships, three Rose Bowl wins, and three SEC crowns.
But what has transpired in the first 10 years of the Nick Saban Era has been astounding, stamping Alabama as the unquestioned standard in the nation, and having extraordinary domination of the SEC.
Thus far, Saban’s Tide teams have won four national championships and five SEC titles, including the last three. The national championships came in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015. The SEC titles were in 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The Crimson Tide has been ranked No. 1 in the nation at some point in each of the past nine seasons.
This has not been accomplished against a weak league. While Bama under Saban has won four national championships in the last 10 years, national titles have also been won by three other SEC teams — LSU, Florida, and Auburn.
In regular season SEC games, Alabama has a record of 68-12, a margin of 14 over second place Florida. Here are the SEC records over the last 10 years:
Alabama 68-12
Florida 54-26
LSU 53-27
Georgia 53-27
Auburn 40-40
South Carolina 40-40
Mississippi State 35-45
Arkansas 33-47
Tennessee 32-48
Ole Miss 29-51
Vanderbilt 23-57
Kentucky 20-60
(Texas A&M and Missouri have been in the SEC only five years with A&M 21-19 and Mizzou 19-21.)
In all games played over the past 10 years, Alabama again has a commanding lead. Those records are:
Alabama 119-19
LSU 98-32
Georgia 92-39
Florida 91-40
Missouri 85-46
Auburn 82-48
Texas A&M 77-52
South Carolina 75-51
Mississippi State 73-55
Arkansas 71-56
Tennessee 68-59
Ole Miss 66-60
Vanderbilt 53-72
Kentucky 49-71
In head-to-head matches against SEC opponents, Saban is 10-0 vs. Arkansas, 7-3 vs. Auburn, 5-1 vs. Florida, 6-1 vs. Georgia, 3-0 vs. Kentucky, 8-3 vs. LSU, 8-2 vs. Ole Miss, 9-1 vs. Mississippi State, 2-0 vs. Missouri, 1-1 vs. South Carolina, 10-0 vs. Tennessee, 4-1 vs. Texas A&M, and 2-0 vs. Vanderbilt. (This record of 73-13 is different than Alabama’s SEC record in regular season games owing to post-season games.)
In those 10 years, Saban has become the dean of SEC coaches. Since 2007, Arkansas has had 3 head coaches, Auburn 3, Florida 3, Georgia 2, LSU 2, Ole Miss 3, Mississippi State 2, Missouri 2, South Carolina 2, Tennessee 4, and Vanderbilt 4.

Incidentally, the head coaches at SEC schools average a salary of about $4 million a year and most of them are struggling to finish even second.
In Saban’s first year, 2007, the Tide went 7-6, including a 4-4 SEC record. There has been one season with three losses (2010) and three with two losses (2008, 2013, and 2014).
Here are Alabama records (SEC and all games) under Saban:
2007 4-4, 7-6
2008 8-0, 12-2
2009 8-0, 14-0
2010 5-3,10-3
2011 7-1, 12-1
2012 7-1, 13-1
2013 7-1, 11-2
2014 7-1, 12-2
2015 7-1, 14-1
2016 8-0, 14-1


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