Is Alabama un­stop­pable in Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off ?

’Bama’s dy­nasty like no other in col­lege foot­ball

The Arizona Republic - - FRONT PAGE - Ralph D. Russo

AT­LANTA – Nick Sa­ban’s great­est ri­val, his most per­sis­tent foe, is hu­man na­ture. So far, Sa­ban is winning that matchup.

Alabama’s coach has his Crim­son Tide back in the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off na­tional cham­pi­onship game for the third straight sea­son. Alabama has won four na­tional ti­tles since Sa­ban took over in 2007, and played for an­other. Only once since 2008 has Alabama lost more than a sin­gle reg­u­larsea­son game.

There has never been any­thing quite like this Crim­son Tide dy­nasty in col­lege foot­ball.

Alabama has been the sport’s equiv­a­lent to the NFL’s Pa­tri­ots dur­ing Sa­ban’s time, fit­ting since he once worked for New Eng­land coach Bill Belichick, the win­ner of a record five Super Bowls.

Add a BCS cham­pi­onship Sa­ban won while the head coach at LSU, and his five poll-era na­tional cham­pi­onships leave him one short of a record held by the man who coached Alabama’s first dy­nasty, Paul “Bear” Bryant. Sa­ban can match the Bear on Monday night when No. 4 Alabama faces No. 3 Ge­or­gia in an all-South­east­ern Con­fer­ence na­tional cham­pi­onship game that Pres­i­dent Trump is ex­pected to at­tend.

Re­lent­lessly driven and mo­ti­vated by com­pe­ti­tion for com­pe­ti­tion’s sake, Sa­ban has en­gi­neered a com­pla­cen­cyproof pro­gram in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Whether it is lunchtime bas­ket­ball with the as­sis­tant coaches or what has be­come Alabama’s an­nual ap­pear­ance in the na­tional ti­tle game, the 66year-old Sa­ban only knows one ap­proach.

“Well, I think that I’m al­ways look-

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