Countdown to college football: 9 days


Alabama coach Nick Saban has developed an extensive coaching tree, and with his former longtime assistant Kirby Smart entering his first season at Georgia, we look at what Saban has done against former assistants as the countdown reaches nine days until the start of the first full week of college football.

Saban is 9-0 against former assistants and has dominated on those occasions, with all nine wins coming by 14 or more points. Three of those wins are at the expense of former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. Two of them occured at the end of last season.

Smart and Saban are already butting heads on the recruiting trail, with cornerback Maurice Smith gaining a graduate transfer waiver to follow his old coordinator from Bama to Georgia. Eventually, Smart's and Saban's teams will likely meet on the field, but it won't happen in the regular season this year. The two teams aren't scheduled for a regular-season game after playing last year.

In 2016, Saban doesn't face any former assistants on the regular-season schedule. Florida's Jim McElwain and South Carolina's Will Muschamp will fight it out with Smart in the SEC East for a chance to potentially find Saban waiting in the SEC championship game.

In case you missed any part of our countdown:

10 days: Temple's 10 sacks in win over Penn State last season

11 days: Navy won a school-record 11 games last season

12 days: Alabama has won 12 straight games, the longest active FBS streak.

13 days: Lucky number 13 for a trio of teams last season.

14 days: Boise State has played in 14 straight bowl games.

15 days: Kansas has lost 15 straight games, the longest active FBS streak.

16 days: Peyton Manning wore No. 16 for Tennessee.

17 days: TCU QBs completed 17 of 17 passes in a game in 2012, an FBS record.

18 days: Ohio State has won an FBS-best 18 consecutive road games.

19 days: There are 19 head coaches at their alma mater this season.

20 days: It has been 20 years since Florida won its first national championship.

21 days: Oklahoma led the nation in average scoring margin (21.5) last season.

22 days: Ohio State has been in the top 10 of the AP poll for 22 straight weeks.

23 days: Virginia Tech has played in an FBS-best 23 straight bowl games.

24 days: In the first game of the historic rivalry, Navy beat Army 24-0.

25 days: Michigan's Desmond Howard won the Heisman 25 years ago.

26 days: Arkansas State led the nation with 26 interceptions in 2015.

27 days: Clemson's Greg Huegel led the nation with 27 field goals in 2015.

28 days: Adrian Peterson wore No. 28 for Oklahoma.

29 days: Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium opened in 1929.

30 days: Miami's Vinny Testaverde won the Heisman 30 years ago.