Two losses to Clemson football still haunts Nick Saban
There’s only been one program who has been able to stand toe-to-toe with Alabama consistently in the postseason and that’s Clemson football.
Though Alabama was blown out by Clemson football in its last National Title appearance during the 2018 season and the Crimson Tide were left out of the CFB Playoff in 2019, nothing stopped them from being the most dominating team in all of College Football during the 2020 season.
The end result? Alabama beat Notre Dame 31-14 in the semifinals and then dismantled Ohio State 52-24 in the National Championship.
The win was Nick Saban’s seventh National Championship overall (six at Alabama) and he has only lost two title games total. The only two losses? To Clemson.
Despite the success and comparisons to Bear Bryant that he is receiving, Saban was quick to point to those two losses just moments after winning the National Title.
Clemson football fans should absolutely respect the intensity of Nick Saban
Saban hates to lose and he uses that as motivation. That kind of intensity has been what has made him successful over more than the last decade.
We’re talking about him just winning a National Championship. We’re talking about him accomplishing the highest feat possible in the sport and, yet, he is still focused enough to bring up the two losses from years ago at this point.
That’s the kind of intense competitor that Nick Saban truly is.
Now, the question goes to Dabo Swinney.
Can Swinney now motivate his program- like Saban has done with the two losses to Clemson– by using the losses to LSU and Ohio State in back-to-back years?
Clemson doesn’t want to be Alabama by any means, but the intensity and complete focus that Saban has about him all the time shows why the Crimson Tide have been so successful and that’s something the rest of the nation could learn.