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Alabama Returned to Glory by Becoming the Thing That Nick Saban Hated Most

Nick Saban won his record-setting seventh career national championship on Monday, and smiled his fourth career smile. Saban typically celebrates victories by criticizing the minute flaws in his team’s execution, but after Alabama demolished Ohio State 52-24 to win the College Football Playoff, he dropped the facade. He even let offensive lineman Landon Dickerson carry him around the field. “I enjoyed the ride,” Saban said, referring to the experience of being toted through a confetti shower by a man twice his size, and also to this undefeated Alabama season. As Saban basked in the moment, it was hard not to think back to 2012. Back then, the Crimson Tide head coach was asked about the proliferation of high-scoring, uptempo offenses in college football.

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