For the last ten years, Alabama and Clemson have dominated the game of College Football, they’ve met five times in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, and there’s reason to believe they’ll do it again this fall. Both Clemson and Alabama lost their star quarterbacks to the NFL but, the backups to Mac Jones and Trevor Lawrence are just as good, and the hype train for both has long left the station as the College Football world tries to figure out how to slow it down. The Truth is, as long as Nick Saban is at Alabama and Dabo Swinney at Clemson, both programs will be the very best in College Football. It is what it is. There’s just no changing it, these two Head Coaches have given their entire life to grow and make better the game of College Football.
Just a few weeks ago, Coach Saban signed a massive contract extension through the 2028 season which means, Coach Saban will be the Head Coach at Alabama until he’s at least 77 years of age, which is almost unheard of in the coaching profession.
So what does that mean for the rest of College Football? Quite honestly, it means that Alabama isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. They’re still going to win National Championships, they’re still going to get every single recruit, and Coach Saban and the Crimson Tide are still going to haunt the nightmares of every College Football fan across the globe.
What about Clemson and Dabo Swinney? Honestly, like Alabama, Clemson has position itself as the next program in line to run the sport of College Football. When it comes to the best tandem in the history of College Football, many will pinpoint this timeframe and say it was the greatest run of any two programs in the history of College Football.
Both Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney have done more for College Football than any two coaches in the 150 years of the sport. Both guys understand that the game is ever-changing, but they change with it. No matter who the recruit is or where they’re from, when Coach Saban and Coach Dabo walk into the room, everything changes. Between the two coaches, nine national championships have been won. Which, if you ask any recruit, is a major reason why Clemson and Alabama get their pick of the litter when it comes to the talent pool.
Some have even said that Dabo Swinney is training at Clemson to replace Coach Saban at Alabama when the day comes that Saban retires. In that likely situation, the rest of the College Football world just needs to come to terms with the reality that as long as both or one of these coaches is roaming the sidelines on any given Saturday afternoon, the chances of winning a National Championship will be next to impossible.
Like it or not, Coach Saban and Coach Swinney are the two kings of College Football, and there’s no end in sight to the empire that has been built at both Alabama and Clemson. Truth is, College Football is what it is today, because of the work that Coach Saban and Dabo have put into growing the game.