ATLANTA–If Clemson had completed one less pass or run one fewer of its 99 plays on January of 2017, we probably could have put this argument to bed.
But Clemson, led by the splendid Deshaun Watson, scored with one second left to beat Alabama 35-31 to win the CFP national championship. In the process it denied Alabama coach Nick Saban his sixth national championship.
If you have spent any amount of time in the state of Alabama, you know there is something magical about the number six. For if Saban had won at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium he would have tied Paul “Bear,” the Alabama icon, for most national championships won by a coach.
Saban, who is 217-62-1 as a college football coach, will get another chance at six Monday night when No. 4 Alabama (12-1) meets No. 3 Georgia (13-1) for the CFP national championship.
And if Alabama wins at Mercedes-Benz Stadium the debate will begin in earnest: If Saban gets to six, should he be considered Alabama’s greatest coach? And given the time in which Saban has done it, should he be given strong consideration as college football’s greatest coach ever? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.