Nick Saban vs Brian Kelly Comparison - Fueled by Sports

Nick Saban vs Brian Kelly Comparison

Head-to-head comparison of current college football coaches Nick Saban and Brian Kelly that includes wins, championships, and awards. Go to our Coach Comparison page to check out other comparisons.

Teams

Nick Saban – 4 (Toledo, Michigan State, LSU, Alabama)
Brian Kelly – 5 (Grand Valley State, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, LSU)

Years Coaching

Nick Saban – 1990, 1995-2004, 2007-Present (26 Seasons)
Brian Kelly – 1991-Present (32 Seasons)

Record

Nick Saban – 268–66–1
Brian Kelly – 263-96-2

Head-to-Head Record

Nick Saban – 2-0
Brian Kelly – 0-2

Bowl Record

Nick Saban – 17-10
Brian Kelly – 6-5 (11-4 in Division II Playoffs)

Championships

Nick Saban – 7 (2003, 2009, 2011–2012, 2015, 2017, 2020)
Brian Kelly – 0 (2 in Divison II 2002-2003)

College Football Playoff Record

Nick Saban – 8-3
Brian Kelly – 0-2

Conference Championships

Nick Saban – 11 (1990, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2014-2016, 2018, 2020-2021)
Brian Kelly – 3 (2006, 2008-2009)

Division Championships

Nick Saban – 14 (2001-2003, 2008-2009, 2012-2018, 2020-2021)
Brian Kelly – 0

Conference Coach of the Year Awards

Nick Saban – 5 (2003, 2008–2009, 2016, 2020)
Brian Kelly – 4 (2007-2009, 2020)

AP or AFCA Coach of the Year Awards

Nick Saban – 2 (2003, 2008)
Brian Kelly – 2 (2012, 2018) (Divison II in 2002-2003)

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