But during a speaking engagement at the American Football Coaches Association on Monday, he said the "greatest win I was ever associated with" came in 1981, according to CBSsports.com's report of the speech.
Saban wasn't even the head coach then. He was Earl Bruce's secondary coach at Ohio State, and Saban said his greatest win is the Buckeyes' upset of Michigan in Ann Arbor 14-9.
Ohio State had lost four of its previous five to Michigan. The Buckeyes were unranked, while Michigan was No. 7.
Ohio State's win clinched the Big Ten Conference co-championship, which at the time was only the second crown in Saban's career. As a player in 1972, he was part of Kent State's Mid-American Conference championship squad.
But of all the big games in which Saban has coached, who would've figured something from his time as an assistant coach in 1981 would top the list?
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