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Why would we not add Alabama to the list?
Okay, so the Crimson Tide aren't the flashiest of teams in the world. So Nick Saban is a “by the book” kind of coach (at least on the field). It doesn't mean the Tide aren't fun to watch, and Alabama games are usually far from dull.
Nick Saban has proven himself to be one of the best coaches in the game, and he may yet earn a coveted spot in history alongside names like Knute Rockne, Bear Bryant, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, and Joe Paterno.
A good part of Saban's success comes from recruiting some of the best players in the nation. And those yearly top recruiting classes have translated into a whole heap of impressive wins.
Between one season at Toledo and five at Michigan State, Saban earned 43 wins and a cushy SEC coaching gig at LSU. Five years, 48 wins, two SEC titles and a national championship later, Saban tried his hand at the NFL before quickly returning to the college game.
The last five years at Alabama have easily been his most successful. So far, the Crimson Tide under Saban have 55 wins to just 12 losses, two SEC West titles, one SEC championship and a pair of BCS championships.
And all of those wins don't come with a whole heap of excitement.
There was last season's nail-biter with LSU in the regular season, the 2010 escape against Arkansas before eventually coming up short against South Carolina, LSU, and Auburn.The 2009 Iron Bowl wasn't a snoozer, either, with Alabama earning a 26-21 victory.
Of course, there's also something to be said about the sheer excitement of just waiting to see how many points the Tide will put up next week as they roll over yet another hapless opponent.
Again, we'll concede that Alabama isn't always flashy, nor is it constantly a thrill-a-minute.
But winning so many games generates its own excitement, and Alabama does that better than any team in the nation right now.