Alabama’s SEC title game win vs. Georgia bolsters Nick Saban’s college football legend status
It is quite rare to ever see the Alabama Crimson Tide under Nick Saban come into a game as an underdog, but this was the case for the 2021 SEC Championship Game encounter against the No. 1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
Alabama entered Saturday as a 6½ point underdog to Georgia. Of course, this was far from a surprise considering the Bulldogs’ sheer dominance in SEC play coming into today, coupled with their top-ranked defense in all the FBS.
In statement fashion, Saban guided Alabama to a 41-24 victory over Georgia to clinch its 10th win in this prestigious championship game. Sophomore quarterback Bryce Young led the way with a trio of passing touchdowns, while the front seven led by linebacker Will Anderson Jr. held Georgia to a 3.6 yards per rush attempt average.
Overall, this was the sixth time in 193 games under Saban since 2008 that Alabama was an underdog coming into a game. Saban has led the Crimson Tide to five wins in these such games, with his lone loss coming to quarterback Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators in the 2008 SEC Championship Game.
Since 2008, Alabama’s Nick Saban has been an underdog only 6 times in 193 games. Alabama has now won 5 of those 6 games outright
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 5, 2021
The seven-time national championship-winning head coach has also racked up a record eight wins over No. 1 ranked teams.
Nick Saban now owns eight wins over No. 1-ranked teams, the most of any coach in the AP poll era, which dates back to 1936.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) December 5, 2021
For now, Alabama is set to once again feature in the College Football Playoff. It remains to be seen whether the playoff committee will opt to move the reigning SEC champions to No. 1 or No. 2 in the final College Football Playoff rankings for this season.