Alabama coach Nick Saban (left) speaks with New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during Alabama's pro day, Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Gary Cosby Jr./AP
Photo: Gary Cosby Jr./AP
Photo: Gary Cosby Jr./AP

The strange Saban, Belichick Super Bowl win-loss connection continues

This may have just become the best Super Bowl predictor ... ever: how Nick Saban does in title games affects the fortunes of his mentor, Bill Belichick.

Saban was the defensive coordinator to Belichick’s Cleveland Browns teams from 1991-94

Since Saban’s arrival in Tuscaloosa in 2007, whenever the Crimson Tide have played in a semifinal or national championship game AND LOST, the New England Patriots have won the Super Bowl a few weeks later.

This year’s championship run was no exception.

Alabama was trounced by Clemson in the College Football Playoffs Championship Game in January and, right on schedule, the Patriots won their sixth Super Bowl — a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

This is how things have played out: 

2009-10 

• Alabama: Wins BCS National Championship game, 37-21, vs. Texas Longhorns
• New England: Loses Wild Card game, 33-14, to the Baltimore Ravens 

2011-12 

• Alabama: Wins BCS National Championship game, 21-0, vs. LSU Tigers 
• New England: Loses Super Bowl, 21-17, to the N.Y. Giants 

2012-13 

• Alabama: Wins BCS National Championship game, 42-14, vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
• New England: Loses the AFC championship game, 28-13, to the Ravens 

2014-15 

• Alabama: Loses the College Football Playoff semifinal (Sugar Bowl), 42-35, to Ohio State Bukeyes
• New England: Wins the Super Bowl, 28-24, vs. the Seattle Seahawks 

2015-16 

• Alabama: Wins the College Football Playoff National Championship game, 45-40, vs. Clemson 
• New England: Loses AFC championship game, 20-18, to the Denver Broncos

2016-17 

• Alabama: Loses the College Football Playoff National Championship game, 35-31, to Clemson 
• New England: Wins Super Bowl, 34-28, vs. the Atlanta Falcons 

2017-18 

• Alabama: Wins College Football Playoff National Championship game, 26-23 (OT), vs. Georgia Bulldogs 
• New England: Loses Super Bowl, 41-33, to the Philadelphia Eagles 

2018-19 

• Alabama: Loses College Football Playoff National Championship game, 44-16, to Clemson 
• New England: Wins Super Bowl, 13-3, vs. the Rams in Atlanta

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