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Nick Saban is Urban Meyer's Kryptonite as 'Bama Chomps Gators for Second Time

Meyer throws up a little in his mouth.
Meyer throws up a little in his mouth.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Charlie MillsonCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

For the first time in, well, forever, Urban Meyer is looking incredibly average, almost human.

The superman who guided the University of Florida to two national championships in the past four years seems less superman and more a mere mortal.

The reason?  Alabama head coach Nick Saban is Meyer's kryptonite.  

For the second time in as many meetings, Saban's squad bested Meyer's team.  Okay, "bested" is an almost ludicrous understatement; Saban has now twice consecutively blasted the Gators out of the water.

The handwriting might have been on the wall in the 2008 SEC Championship game, when second-year coach Saban came within a quarter of usurping Meyer's place as the league's premier head coach.  That game served as a warning to Meyer and the rest of the league that, once given the time to implement The System at Alabama, Saban's men would rule from then on.

This past Saturday, it was obvious that the difference between the two teams was coaching. 

Florida, surely, has recruited  well over the span in which Alabama has been led by Saban. Some might argue that Meyer's players have been as good as 'Bama's—perhaps better in some positions.  

So what's the difference?  

It has to be the coaching.  

And Saturday night, Urban Meyer was outclassed and out coached. And twice in a row now Nick Saban has made Superman look like Ron Zook.

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