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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11. 2021 (13-2) Lost in CFP National Championship

If it wasn’t for Jameson Williams' knee finally giving out in the national championship game, I’m not so sure that Georgia would have won its first title since 1980. Alabama led the championship game 9-6 at halftime, and Jameson Williams had four catches for 65 yards before leaving the game with his knee injury. 

With Williams gone, Bryce Young didn’t have anywhere to go other than tight end Cameron Latu because John Metchie missed the game. Still, Alabama had a chance to win before Young threw his second interception, a pick-six to Kelee Ringo which sealed the title for the Bulldogs, and revenge for 2018.