Alabama Football Nick Saban Era Part 2 - The 2007 Turnaround

Nick Saban's Alabama Football rebuild was fast, even with a rough start in 2007 as the Crimson Tide finished 7-6.
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Game Four was perhaps the Tide's best performance of the season. Georgia beat Alabama 26-23 in overtime. Georgia led 20-10 with just over 12 minutes left. Alabama did not quit, and before a national TV audience, the Tide almost pulled off a win. The Bulldogs would finish the season 11-2, ranked No. 2 in the nation.

Florida State in Jacksonville was Game 5 and it was another loss for the Crimson Tide. The Alabama defense played well enough to win, but the offense was only able to score 14 points, in the 21-14 loss.

Game Six was the Tide's Homecoming and Alabama delivered, beating an Art Briles-coached Houston team, 30-24. A week later another win followed in Oxford, with Ole Miss going down by a score of 27-24. The game had several lead changes and required an Alabama comeback. A tying touchdown was set up by Javier Arenas with a 54-yard punt return. A short field goal from Leigh Tiffin sealed the win.

Going into the Third Saturday in October, Tennessee was 4-2 and ranked No. 20. Alabama led 24-17 at halftime and the Tide defense shut out the Vols the rest of the way. Freshman Kareen Jackson had a huge day for the Tide, with two interceptions, two pass-breakups, and six tackles.

Alabama hosted LSU in Bryant-Denny for Game Nine. The Crimson Tide was ranked No. 17 and LSU was No. 3. The Bengal Tigers had to come from behind to win, with two touchdowns scored in the game's last three minutes. The 41-34 loss was disappointing, but the Tennessee win and the close loss to LSU showed how much progress Saban had made.