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Bowl Championship Series

Alabama's Saban adapts to the times, keeps on winning

Nick Saban is a creature of habit, waking at dawn like usual the morning after corralling his latest national championship.

That love of routine hasn't kept the Alabama coach from adapting and evolving with the game, from the trend toward spread offenses to a longer, tougher path than ever before to a national title.

The fourth title in seven seasons was the toughest for Saban and the Crimson Tide. Yet they endured in a 45-40 shootout win over Clemson Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium. And that should tell you everything you need to know about Saban's ability to adapt.

Now, as the latest group of Tide players prepares for an annual exodus to the NFL, he...