What It Will Mean If Alabama Wins The College Football Playoff National Championship

What It Will Mean If Alabama Wins The College Football Playoff National Championship

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What It Will Mean If Alabama Wins The College Football Playoff National Championship

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4. Nick Saban’s status and legend would grow into outsized proportions

The rules have changed, and winning national championships before around 1970 was sort of like winning the Heisman now – it was based on the regular season. But Bear Bryant’s 1964 national champion? It lost to Texas in the Orange Bowl.

Bryant’s 1965 national championship team went 9-1-1 and finished fourth in the final UPI/Coaches Poll.

The 1973 national champion? Yeah, it lost to Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl and finished fourth in the AP rankings. The 1978 team split the national title, but the 1978 squad was on top of both polls.

So of the five national titles at Alabama, by Bryant he had two undefeated, no-question, unanimous national championships.

The 1950 national title at Kentucky? That was a wee bit like UCF technically being the 2017 national champion – the Wildcats finished seventh in both polls, but beat a loaded Oklahoma team in the Sugar.

If Alabama beats Clemson, and Saban takes home his sixth national title at the school, as sacrilegious as this might come across, the top lines on his resumé obliterate Bryant’s highest-end accomplishments.

Throw in the national championship at LSU, and if this thing gets up to seven, in terms of coaching legends, Saban gets put in to the John Wooden category.

At least, he should be.

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