7 Head Coaches That Have Shockingly Gotten the Best of Nick Saban in Career Head-to-Head Record

Nick Saban
These seven college football head coaches have the best winning head-to-head records against Nick Saban. | Jamie Squire/Getty Images

While most younger college football fans might simply think of Nick Saban and the incredible dynasty he has built with the Alabama Crimson Tide being practically unbeatable, that was far from the case during his tenure in East Lansing with the Michigan State Spartans.

Although, not all of the following names made this list thanks to Saban's early days in the Big Ten. Keeping that in mind, here's a look at the seven college football head coaches with the best head-to-head career records against Saban.

*Note: All opposing head coaches with winning records against Nick Saban included below are limited to those that have faced a Saban-led opponent more than one time.

Coaches With Winning Record Against Nick Saban

7. Tommy Tuberville (.571)

Tommy Tuberville
Tommy Tuberville was the head coach of the Auburn Tigers from 1999-2008. | Ned Dishman/Getty Images

Tommy Tuberville Record vs Nick Saban: (4-3)
All-Time Matchups:
- 2000: Auburn 34 | LSU 17
- 2001: Auburn 14 | LSU 27
- 2002: Auburn 31 | LSU 7
- 2003: Auburn 7 | LSU 31
- 2004: Auburn 10 | LSU 9
- 2007: Auburn 17 | Alabama 10
- 2008: Auburn 0 | Alabama 36

6. Barry Alvarez (.600)

Barry Alvarez
Barry Alvarez was the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers from 1990-2005. | Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Barry Alvarez Record vs Nick Saban: (2-1)
All-Time Matchups:
- 1995: Wisconsin 45 | Michigan State 14
- 1996: Wisconsin 13 | Michigan State 30
- 1999: Wisconsin 40 | Michigan State 10

5. Lloyd Carr (.600)

Lloyd Carr
Lloyd Carr was the head coach of the Michigan Wolverines from 1995-2007. | Doug Benc/Getty Images

Record vs Nick Saban: (3-2)
All-Time Matchups:
- 1995: Michigan 25 | Michigan State 28
- 1996: Michigan 45 | Michigan State 29
- 1997: Michigan 23 | Michigan State 7
- 1998: Michigan 29 | Michigan State 17
- 1999: Michigan 31 | Michigan State 34

4. Steve Spurrier (.750)

La-Monroe v Florida X
Steve Spurrier was the head coach of the Florida Gators from 1990-2001. | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Steve Spurrier Record vs Nick Saban: (3-1)
All-Time Matchups:
- 2000: Florida 41 | LSU 9
- 2001: Florida 44 | LSU 15
- 2009: South Carolina 6 | Alabama 20
- 2010: South Carolina 35 | Alabama 21

3. Hayden Fry (1.000)

Hayden Fry Iowa
Hayden Fry was the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1979-98. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Hayden Fry Record vs Nick Saban: (2-0)
All-Time Matchups:
- 1995: Iowa 21 | Michigan State 7
- 1996: Iowa 37 | Michigan State 30

2. Tom Osborne (1.000)

Tom Osborne Nebraska
Tom Osborne was the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1973-97. | Brian Bahr/Getty Images

Tom Osbourne Record vs Nick Saban: (2-0)
All-Time Matchups:
- 1995: Nebraska 50 | Michigan State 10
- 1996: Nebraska 55 | Michigan State 14

1. Joe Tiller (1.000)

Joe Tiller
Joe Tiller was the head coach of the Purdue Boilermakers from 1997-2008. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Joe Tiller Record vs Nick Saban: (3-0)
All-Time Matchups:
- 1997: Purdue 22 | Michigan State 21
- 1998: Purdue 25 | Michigan State 24
- 1999: Purdue 52 | Michigan State 28

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