150 Greatest National Champions: 8
8. 2009 Alabama (14-0)
All-Time Season Score: 30.100
Key Season Score Element: D allowed 164 points
Best Win: Alabama 37, Texas 21 (BCS Championship)
Worst Game: Alabama 12, Tennessee 10
It was the breakthrough moment for Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty, and it was his only unbeaten season.
The Tide took down ten teams that finished with winning records, but the Point Differential Score of 2.85 – the lowest by anyone in the top nine of the rankings at the time, and second lowest by anyone in the top 16 – turned out to keep them out of the top five.
At the highest end of games, though, they closed out with a bang, beating unbeaten defending national champion Florida 32-13 in the SEC Championship – making Tim Tebow cry – and knocking out Colt McCoy early to hand Texas its only loss 37-21 in the BCS Championship.
Along the way, an okay Tennessee team provided a push in a 12-10 Tide win, and Auburn put up a fight in a 26-21 loss. There weren’t too many problems against anyone else.
Wins (14): Virginia Tech (34-24 in Atlanta), FIU (40-14), North Texas (53-7), Arkansas (35-7), at Kentucky (38-20), at Ole Miss (22-3), South Carolina (20-6), Tennessee (12-10), LSU (24-15), at Mississippi State (31-3), UT-Chattanooga (45-0), at Auburn (26-21), Florida (32-13, SEC Championship), Texas 37-21 (BCS Championship)
Losses (0): None
Quality Wins (10): Virginia Tech, Arkansas, at Kentucky, at Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, at Auburn, Florida (SEC Championship), Texas (BCS Championship)
Elite Wins (3): Virginia Tech, Florida (SEC Championship), Texas (BCS Championship)
Bad Wins (3): FIU, North Texas, UT Chattanooga
Points For: 449
Points Against: 164
150 Greatest College Football National Champions
CFN 2021 Final Rankings | No. 1 | No. 2 | No. 3 | No. 4
No. 5 | No. 6 | No. 7 | No. 8 | No. 9 | No. 10 | 11-25 | 26-50
51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125 | 126-150 | Just Missed
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