Alabama Football 2012: How 7 Teams Have Beaten the Tide Under Saban

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Alabama Football 2012: How 7 Teams Have Beaten the Tide Under Saban
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Here is a statement of fact. It is a fun time to be an Alabama football fan.     

Since the arrival of Nick Saban at the Capstone, Alabama has quickly become the most powerful machine in major college football.  If you discount the first transitional season under Saban, Alabama has lost seven games since the start of the 2008 season.

That’s right, SEVEN games in five years leading to two national championships and possibly a third this season.  And almost half of those losses were in the same season. 

To further enhance the belief that Alabama is the first true college football dynasty of my lifetime, with the exception of the 2008 Florida team the argument can be made that on paper man to man Alabama had better players than every single team that they have faced during this run.  And that includes Auburn in 2010. 

In other words, in five years there has only been a grand total of ONE game that the Tide should have lost. 

If the word dynasty ever must be used in relation to college football you will not find a more fitting match than what we’re seeing in Tuscaloosa over the last half decade.

However, with all of this success seven teams have found a way to defeat the Tide.  In breaking down how they did it, there may be a blue print for what an overmatched team must do to snatch a win from Saban’s greedy hands. 

Here’s how they did it.

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