Nick Saban hasn’t lost many games at Alabama—just 19 times in 10 years to be exact—but three losses stand out to the legendary coach in particular.
ESPN’s Chris Low spoke to Saban, and he reflected on January’s National Championship loss to Clemson, one of the three games he says he’ll “never get over.” That one is joined by two other memorable ones: the College Football Playoff semifinal loss to Ohio State, and the “Kick Six” Iron Bowl vs. Auburn.
“I’ll never get over it because you never do with those kind of losses,” Saban told ESPN this week. “I never got over the returned field goal at Auburn. I never got over playing poorly against Ohio State and losing that game late. And then in this game, we didn’t play very well, and Clemson did when they had to. That’s what eats at you. We didn’t play that great against Washington, either (in a 24-7 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win) in the semifinal.
The Clemson game was the first loss for Alabama in 26 games. The Crimson Tide had knocked off the Tigers in the National Championship the year before.
While all three losses likely sting ‘Bama fans, they may be able to take some solace in the fact that the losses came to some spectacular teams. Clemson and Ohio State won their respective national championships, while Auburn made an unexpected run to the title game, where it lost to Jameis Winston and Florida State.