Alabama football: Ranking every team of the Nick Saban era

Almost every team that Nick Saban coached at Alabama was great, but which of his 17-year run in Tuscaloosa was his best?

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and running back Derrick Henry
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and running back Derrick Henry / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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16. 2010 (10-3) Capital One Bowl win

2010 was a gap year for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Saban was coming off his first national title at Bama, a dominant 14-0 season, and had lost Rolando McClain and Kareem Jackson off his defense. 

The Tide began the year 5-0, but a 35-21 loss to South Carolina brought the win streak to a screeching halt. A few weeks later came a loss to LSU, and then the regular season ended with the Iron Bowl loss to Cam Newton, 28-27. 

Mark Ingram had a down year coming off the Heisman and the defense regressed slightly. The team was still a championship contender, capable of nearly knocking off Cam Newton, but is the second worst of the Saban era because somehow, a 10-win season was his second-lowest win total.