When asked to compare which SBC team most resembled one of the four 2014 College Football Playoff, my first thought was that ULM must be Alabama. Obviously, right? If the choice isn't obvious to you, let me make the case.
Todd Berry = Nick Saban
There is more in common with these two head coaches than one might think. As SB Nation's Robert Wheel pointed out, every single FBS head coach can be traced back to the limbs of the Saban coaching tree.
Todd Berry, who is entering his sixth season as the head coach in Monroe, is connected to Saban in a complex way, but connected none the less. Because, you see, Berry falls under the Will Muschamp branch of the tree. Muschamp coached with Charlie Weis, who coached with David Cutcliffe, who was on the 1983 Tennessee Vol staff with a young Todd Berry. Got it? Okay, good.
The two coaches also share a four-letter first name and five-letter last name; those are the important things. Plus, Nick Saban coached in Louisiana and ULM is in Louisiana; do I need to go any further? I don't think so. As you can see, it's clear that the college football stars have aligned, and ULM and Bama are right next to each other. The only thing that separates these two is that Nick Saban could never pull this look off...
Guess what hit reality TV show is based in Monroe, La., where Idaho plays Saturday? ULM coach Todd Berry gives a hint pic.twitter.com/aRMCqRG4yp— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_Trib) September 1, 2014
While wins have been hard to come by for the Warhawks, there has been on constant with ULM: defense. The Warhawks had the Sun Belt's second best defense in 2014, while the Crimson Tide ended with the third best defense in the SEC.
Winning in Bryant-Denny
Alabama is tough to beat no matter where you play them, but at home they are nearly unbeatable. The Crimson Tide have played 397 games in T-town and won an astounding 330 of them. That leaves just 64 losses and 3 ties at home in Bryant-Denny, or an insane .835 winning percentage. But what's better than winning 83.5% of your games in Bryant-Denny? How about winning 100% of your games playing in that same stadium? A 21-14 victory in 2007 over the Tide in T-Town gives ULM those bragging rights. (Side note: a 2006 victory by the Tide was vacated by the NCAA.)
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