In winning the 2018 BCS championship, Alabama coach Nick Saban secured his sixth national title and tied Bear Bryant for the most ever won by one coach. To pull even with the ultimate Tide legend, Saban had to give his team his best-ever coaching job. He guided the program through injuries, through uncertainty created by a regular season-ending loss that almost derailed its playoff run before it began, and, finally, out of a 13-0 halftime hole in the title game against Georgia. The latter called for a drastic move, Saban taking a leap of faith on a true freshman quarterback who had previously only seen action in mop-up duty. Sports Illustrated,s commemorative edition showcases the heroes of Alabama,s season with in-depth features on the freshmen fueling the offense and defensive leader Minkah Fitzpatrick. The dominant Sugar Bowl victory and the thrilling overtime BCS final are showcased through SI,s trademark photography and on-the-scene reporting. This is the ultimate tidal — or title — wave of Alabama awesomeness.