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'A Throwdown In Titletown': How Nick Saban And Jimbo Fisher Became College Football's Top Rivalry

In less than 24 hours, Texas A&M and Alabama have become college football's top rivalry for 2022

The date is October 8. The place is Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The time? It certainly won't be an 11 AM kick regardless of the channel that wins the streaming rights. 

Circle it. Remember it. Etch it into your skull. The world of college football will turn its attention to the Alabama sky on a cool fall evening and fix its sights on two names. 

Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher will stand on one side. Alabama's Nick Saban will stand on the other. Once considered a teacher and protege, comments and conflicts have turned the two into foes for the future soul of the SEC. 

Welcome to college football's newest rivalry. 

Comments thrown by both coaches aren't one handed out to any run-of-the-mill person. The thought process was well documented and the bare-knuckle brawl is underway.


The Corps of Cadets would march to Tuscaloosa behind General Fisher following his rant. Saban's army of followers throughout the Yellowhammer State will be waiting to take aim at whoever crosses into the 205-area code. 

Hopefully, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is ready for action. A war is ensuing between the two programs whether he likes it or not. All that's missing is a referee screaming "let's get ready to rumble" instead of blowing a whistle at kickoff. 

The SEC has been the pinnacle of college football for nearly a decade. It's the only conference to be represented in every College Football Playoff and has seen numerous undefeated seasons in the past eight years. 

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Others are formed based on the school's history against another program. Notre Dame vs. USC is one. Michigan vs. Ohio State is another. 

Perhaps Texas A&M vs. Alabama will amount to nothing more than just another game down the line. For now, it's one of college football's greatest outings each season because of the two at the helm. 

Saban saw his opening and landed a punch on Fisher's ego. The Aggies' coach countered right back, setting the sport ablaze entering the weekend. 

The two just proved the conference's slogan rings true. Come that Saturday in October, the gloves come off and 60 minutes stand in between perhaps the biggest moment of the upcoming season. 

The last man standing wins. 

Ding ding. 

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