With the SEC season less than four months away, here’s a look at how the conference’s coaches rank in 2015.
Bio: Nick Saban is the most decorated coach in the SEC. He’s the only active coach with multiple national championships, including his first at LSU in 2003. Saban led the Tigers to two SEC titles and a 48-16 (28-12 SEC) record in five seasons.
He jumped to the NFL in 2005 and spent two forgettable seasons with the Miami Dolphins. Alabama expressed interest in 2007 and — despite giving his promise to stay in Miami — Saban answered.
Since then, the Crimson Tide has been the best program in college football. Alabama has three national championships, three SEC championships and an 86-17 (50-11 SEC) record under Saban.
|Kent State (GA)
Kent State (D. Asst.)
Syracuse (D. Asst.)
West Virginia (D. Asst.)
Ohio State (DB)
Navy (D. Asst.)
Michigan State (DB/DC)
Houston Oilers (DB)
Cleveland Browns (DC)
Reason For Ranking: Saban is the biggest name in college football. If you had the choice of any active coach, he’d be your first pick.
Take the Texas fiasco. Saban was rumored to be interested in the Longhorns’ coaching vacancy in 2013. The rumored offer was projected at $100 million, according to ESPN’s Paul Finebaum. But no one would’ve second-guessed Texas for making the move.
Saban’s dominance during the regular season and offseason are unmatchable. Alabama has ranked in the top-5 in recruiting each year since 2007. The Tide has also ranked No. 1 in every year since 2011.
48 players from Alabama were selected in the NFL Draft since 2009. Saban is not only a great recruiter, but gets his players to reach their full potential. Alabama has proven to be a consistent force in college football during the Saban era and will continue to see results as long as he’s at the helm.
|09/05/15||vs. Wisconsin||Dallas, Texas||TBA|
|09/12/15||vs. Middle Tennessee State||Tuscaloosa||TBA|
|09/19/15||vs. Ole Miss *||Tuscaloosa||TBA|
|10/03/15||at Georgia *||Athens, Ga.||TBA|
|10/10/15||vs. Arkansas *||Tuscaloosa||TBA|
|10/17/15||at Texas A&M *||College Station, Texas||TBA|
|10/24/15||vs. Tennessee *||Tuscaloosa||TBA|
|11/07/15||vs. LSU *||Tuscaloosa||TBA|
|11/14/15||at Mississippi State *||Starkville, Miss.||TBA|
|11/21/15||vs. Charleston Southern||Tuscaloosa||TBA|
|11/28/15||at Auburn *||Auburn, Ala.||TBA|
2015 Outlook: Alabama is once again projected to contend for — if not win — the SEC Championship. As usual, the Tide has a talented roster, despite losing starting quarterback Blake Sims, Biletnikoff winner Amari Cooper and defensive leader Landon Collins.
Saban’s recruiting success provides Alabama with plenty of depth and emerging prospects in 2015. At best, the Tide will contend for another national championship. At worst, the team will fall short of the College Football Playoffs and play in a lesser January bowl game.