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While the Bear will coach more games at Bama than Saban, the Bear is simply not in Saban's league during Saban's prime for the following reasons.
1. The SEC is much harder today than during the time of the Bear. See the rise of Florida, Georgia, and LSU since the Bear retired.
2. Much more parity in college football with 85 schollys.
3. Of the last 7 BCS titles decided while Saban was coaching in college, he has won 4, recruited the players for another (07 LSU) and lost to the eventual national champs the other two times.
4. Bear did not become the top dog until Neyland retired and never beat the General. Saban vanquished his main rival (Meyer) in humiliating fashion.
The Bear may be the bigger icon but Saban is the much better coach.
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