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It's been nearly 10 years now since Nick Saban won his first National Championship with Alabama, and the Crimson Tide haven't slowed down. Since 2011, the Tide have played for six of the eight national championships, won four and never lost more than one game in the regular season.


This is, of course, also represented pretty well by the Tide's current senior class.

But this is a truly unprecedented level of success, even for Alabama.​​ In the past eight regular seasons, the Tide have gone 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, 11-1, 12-0, 11-1 and 12-0.

This is impressive no matter how you look at it, but it's also historic. The only other team that has had eight or more seasons in a row with one loss or less is Yale from 1880-1897 and 1900-1908. College football was so strange back then that those Yale streaks include a 4-0-1 season and a 16-1 season just a few years apart.

However, that's not the modern era, meaning that Alabama is currently in the midst of arguably the greatest stretch of success ever in college football. A couple of teams have had this sort of success over seven seasons, the most recent being Oklahoma from 1952-58, but the Tide are winning at a rate not seen since Dwight D. Eisenhower was President.

It probably won't be any solace if the Crimson Tide can't defeat Clemson in the ​2019 National Championship, but Saban's Tide are in a league of their own over the past decade.


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