College football is desperate for Nick Saban to be overthrown. Three national championships in four years isn't fun for anyone outside the SEC to watch...in fact, it's basically only fun for Alabama and its fans.
Saban has only been around at Alabama since the 2007 season. His first complete recruiting class followed him to the Capstone in 2008. Despite his short time at Alabama, he has made it clear that he is the man to beat.
He has not made a mockery of many coaches yet, but the key to winning the SEC (and a national title) is defeating the Crimson Tide. There are other teams near the top of the heap, but Alabama is king of the hill.
There are two ways to beat Saban, and you can't do one consistently without the other:
1. Winning the on-field battle against him.
2. Winning the recruiting battle against him.
Each coach on this list is competing against Saban either on the recruiting trail, the field or both. If these men aren't desperate to beat Saban, perhaps that explains why they aren't consistently beating him.
There is a fine line between desperation and hopelessness. Desperation implies that these coaches are still in a place where a victory over Alabama is possible, but yet another loss could tip the scales toward hopelessness.
All these coaches have hope, but the light is fading if they don't maintain the high energy level they currently have at their programs. Here are the 12 coaches who are most desperate to beat Nick Saban.