Nick Saban tied with legendary coach for most AP Top 25 victories
In addition to COVID and rivalry storylines, Alabama’s 41-24 win over Georgia on Saturday night was a milestone victory for Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. With 86 wins over AP Top 25 opponents, Saban is now tied with Joe Paterno for most all-time.
It’s unclear, however, when Saban will get his next chance for win No. 87 over a ranked opponent. Heading into Saturday, Tennessee and Auburn were each ranked, but both squads suffered fell to 2-2 by losing to unranked opponents and may be voted out of the AP Top 25. The other remaining four opponents on UA’s schedule are Mississippi State (1-3), LSU (1-2), Kentucky (2-2) and Arkansas (2-2). There’s still a lot of football left to be played, so perhaps at least one more Alabama regular-season opponent will be ranked in the AP Top 25, but if not, Saban’s squad is on track to go to another SEC Championship Game.
Nick Saban has 86 wins vs @AP_Top25 teams, tied with Joe Paterno for most all-time.
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) October 18, 2020