TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during warmups prior to facing the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 23, 2023 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
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Nick Saban Has the Perfect Reaction to His Surprise Birthday Party

Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban turned 72 on Oct. 31 — Halloween — and his team threw a birthday party for the seven-time college football national champion.

The birthday party took place this past Saturday, days before his actual birthday.

The birthday party came with dozens of Halloween-themed cupcakes, a cake that read "Happy Birthday Boo Baby," party hats, those hand-clapper things, and more.

Saban came in and was greeted with cheers. He was wielding a stack of papers — presumably football-related content — to go over with his team and a white cup probably filled with coffee.

He had his eyeglasses on and, upon arriving in the room, had a brief smirk and blew out the candles. The team erupted, singing "Happy Birthday."

At the end of the video, numerous players grab a cupcake, but there aren't any shots of the legendary head coach getting one of them.

Some might criticize Saban for not being more joyful — but, hey, LSU is on the horizon. They're coming into Tuscaloosa, and Saban used to coach there. Alabama is ranked No. 8, while LSU is No. 13. The Crimson Tide are 7-1 and LSU is 6-2. This is a no-nonsense week of preparation.

The Crimson Tide's only loss this season came in Week 2 against the Texas Longhorns. Since then, they've knocked off several SEC opponents including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The College Football Playoff rankings were released on Tuesday — Saban's birthday — and Alabama is No. 8, like their AP Top 25 ranking.

A win over rival LSU could keep them in that No. 8 range. But they'll need some help as Washington, Oregon and Texas, the team that beat Alabama, are ranked higher.

All Alabama can do from here is win out and hope for the best. But either way, Happy Birthday to Saban, who's been coaching since he was a graduate assistant in 1973 at Kent State, his alma mater.

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