Some game notes from UA:
HEAD COACH NICK SABAN: Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his second season with the Crimson Tide. He was named the schoolâ€™s 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007. Saban has compiled a 99-47-1 (.677) record as a collegiate head coach, including an 8-6 mark at Alabama . He is just one win shy of his 100th career victory and three games shy of his 150th game as a collegiate head coach. Saban led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship in 2003. Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and nine of his 12 teams have played in post-season bowl games. Saban is one of just two Division-I coaches that have been head coaches for at least 10 years and have never suffered a losing season.
Saban looking for 100th win: Alabama head coach Nick Saban goes in search of his 100 collegiate coaching victory on Saturday against Tulaneâ€™s Green Wave. Saban boasts a 99-48-1 (.677) record in his 13th season as a collegiate head coach. His first win came at Toledo on Sept. 8, 1990, in a 20-14 win over Miami ( Ohio ).
RANKINGS: Alabama opened the 2008 season ranked 24th in the Associated Press preseason season poll. The Tide was ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 for the first time since 2001, when UA opened the season 25th in the rankings. UA is sure to make a steady climb in this weekâ€™s polls when they are released after a commanding 34-10 win over then-No. 9 Clemson last week. Alabama was just outside the top 25 in the USA Today Coachesâ€™ preseason poll at No. 26. This weekâ€™s polls will be released following Monday nightâ€™s Tennessee/UCLA game.
TULANE SERIES: Alabama owns a 26-11-3 record against Tulane in a series that dates back to the 1894 season. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 1994 season. The Crimson Tide and Green Wave played in the same conference from 1919 to 1965. Alabama joined the SIAA, which Tulane was already a member, in 1919 and then both teams moved to the Southern Conference in 1922 where they remained through the 1932 season. The two teams then played together in the Southeastern Conference from 1933 through Tulaneâ€™s departure following the 1965 season.
TOLDEO vs. THE TIDE: Tulane head coach Bob Toledo is 2-0 in his career against Alabama . He led UCLA to a pair of series wins in 2000 and 2001. The Bruins opened the 2000 season with a 35-24 win over No. 3 Alabama at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The following year, UCLA again spoiled the Tideâ€™s opener with a 20-17 win in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
TOLEDO vs. THE SEC: Toledo is 3-6 in his head coaching career against the SEC. In addition to his two wins over Alabama (2000-01), Toledo has also faced LSU, Mississippi State , South Carolina and Tennessee in his career. He is 1-2 against South Carolina , playing the Gamecocks three times (1980-82) while the head coach at Pacific. Toledo is 0-2 against Tennessee , losing in Knoxville in 1996 and Los Angeles in 1997. He is 0-2 as head coach at Tulane, losing to LSU and Mississippi State last season, his first year in New Orleans.