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Clemson Takes Down Bama: The Worst Betting Loss of Nick Saban’s Dynasty

Jan 08, 2019 11:50 PM EST
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  • Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide lost 44-16 to Clemson in the 2019 national championship.
  • The Crimson Tide closed as 5-point betting favorites.
  • The against-the-spread differential of minus-33 is the worst of Saban's Alabama dynasty.

The 2019 national championship ended with Clemson defeating Nick Saban and Alabama by a score of 44-16. The Crimson Tide were 5-point favorites, meaning they failed to cover by an incredible 33 points.

In Nick Saban’s career as the coach of Alabama, he has only failed to cover the spread by 30 points or more twice prior tonight:

  • Minus-31: 2014 Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma lost 45-31 as 17-point favorites
  • Minus-30.5: 2007 vs. Louisiana-Monroe lost 21-14 as 23.5-point favorites

Monday marked Nick Saban’s seventh national championship game with the Crimson Tide; he has now failed to cover the spread in four consecutive title games.

In Saban’s first three title games with the Tide, Alabama won by a combined score of 100-35, covering the spread by 16.3 points per game.

Boy, things have changed in the biggest of moments for Saban backers.

Here’s a full rundown of the worst betting losses of Saban’s Alabama coaching career:

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