The great part about working for Nick Saban is that there’s no surer path to a head coaching job. Sixteen of his former assistants later went on to be head coaches. That includes nine current FBS head coaches and nearly a third of current SEC head coaches.
The bad part about working for Nick Saban is that, if you do get a head coaching job and are fortunate enough to play against him, he’s going to do his best to drive you out of it.
As Saban prepares to face Jimbo Fisher for the second time and the first on an annual basis as the head coach at Texas A&M (Jeremy Pruitt will get his time in the barrel next month), it’s time to run through the complete history of Saban’s performance against his former assistants.
Saban vs. Derek Dooley
2010: Alabama 41, Tennessee 10
2011: Alabama 37, Tennessee 6
2012: Alabama 44, Tennessee 13
Total: Saban 122, Dooley 29
Saban vs. Jim McElwain
2013: Alabama 31, Colorado State 6
2015: Alabama 29, Florida 15
2016: Alabama 54, Florida 16
Total: Saban 114, McElwain 37
Saban vs. Mark Dantonio
2011: Alabama 49, Michigan State 7
2015: Alabama 38, Michigan State 0
Total: Saban 87, Dantonio 7
Saban vs. Will Muschamp
2011: Alabama 38, Florida 10
2014: Alabama 42, Florida 21
Total: Saban 80, Muschamp 31
Saban vs. Jimbo Fisher
2017: Alabama 24, Florida State 7
Total: Saban 24, Fisher 7
Saban vs. Kirby Smart
2018: Alabama 26, Georgia 23
Total: Saban 26, Smart 23
Add it all up and you get an 12-0 Saban record, with a cumulative score of 453-134 in Saban’s favor. That’s an average score of 38-11.
As No. 1 Alabama prepares to host No. 22 Texas A&M on Saturday, the Tide enters as a 28.5-point favorite.
Thus far through his first season, Fisher has show evidence he’s building Texas A&M into a power that can actually threaten Alabama’s rule atop the SEC.
Something tells me Saban would welcome the challenge.