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Would a Sixth National Championship Make Nick Saban the Greatest of All Time?

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are set to compete in another (that’s right) national championship when they face off against the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoffs. For Alabama coach Nick Saban, this will be his 7th title game coaching, the sixth with the Tide. Many could argue that Saban should already have his sixth ring if the chips had fallen another way, but be that as it may, the fact he’s at this stage in his career — and not slowing down — is a feat in and of itself.

If you talk to any true Alabama fan, they will probably tell you that Paul “Bear” Bryant is the greatest coach to ever walk the sidelines in college football history. Not many people could have fathomed that anyone would dare challenge the greatness and domination the Bear was able to achieve for as many years as he did until Saban stepped on the scenes in 2007. Immediately, he laid out a plan to return the Tide back to excellence as seen in the days of old when Bryant hailed atop his practice field throne wearing his houndstooth hat.

With Saban having won titles at two different SEC schools, at arguably a much tougher period of time where parity is present, is it beyond the pale to say he can surpass Bryant with his sixth championship?

That’s a debate that will have to be saved for whatever happens after Monday night. Some may say yes, while others may still hold on to the legacy of a man who set the standard for generations of what to expect from the Crimson Tide football program. Either way, we’ll find out soon.

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