Nick Saban Wins NCAA Record 41st Game as Head Coach of AP Poll #1 Team

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In the Alabama Crimson Tide’s 31-3 win at home against the Chattanooga Mocs on Saturday, Nick Saban became the first head coach in college football history to win 41 games as the head coach of the team ranked #1 by the AP Poll.

The record was previously 40 wins, which Saban shared with former Ohio State Buckeyes’ head coach Woody Hayes (40-6 in such games) and former Florida State Seminoles’ head coach Bobby Bowden (40-5 in such games). Saban is 41-5 in such games, and he is only in his 10th season coaching Alabama. Hayes and Bowden coached their respective schools for 28 and 34 seasons, respectively.

The game itself was Saban’s 46th as the head coach of the #1 ranked team in the AP Poll, which ties Hayes’ record. Saban is on track to break that record in this Saturday’s home game against the Auburn Tigers, when his #1 Alabama Crimson Tide will look to finish the season unbeaten at 12-0, and he will look to extend his new record in the wins category that he just set in Saturday’s win over Chattanooga.

 

-Asher Fair

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