Countdown to kickoff: 5

From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 5 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

When Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2007, he changed the game for the Crimson Tide. The malaise around the program was wiped away as a new era at the University of Alabama began.

In five seasons guiding the Crimson Tide, Saban has built one of the most successful football programs in the country.

Here's a review of some of the things he's accomplished in five seasons:

  • One SEC championship

  • Two BCS national championships

  • Won four of five bowl games

  • Won 50 games, lost 12 (five wins vacated in NCAA ruling)

  • Won 29 SEC games, lost eight

  • Averaged more than 30 points per game

  • Surrendered fewer than 14 points per game

  • Four consecutive seasons giving up 200 or fewer points in a season

  • Produced 24 NFL draft picks, 11 coming in the first round

  • Produced 18 first-team All-Americans