We’ll find out around 12 p.m. ET on Sunday who’ll be the four teams in the College Football Playoff, but it’s fairly safe to say Alabama will get in. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide have a strong track record to say the least, and in a 27-24 win over previously No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game that wasn’t even that close, the Tide did plenty to vault into the top four.
Here’s the thing: Bama’s only loss was to Texas, who just won the Big 12 on Saturday thanks to Quinn Ewers’ incredible 452-yard passing performance. Ewers smoked the Tide for 349 yards and three TDs, yet that was all the way back in September. I wasn’t even convinced Ewers’ counterpart, Jalen Milroe, could consistently throw a forward pass. In fact, Milroe was benched after that 34-24 loss to the Longhorns in Tuscaloosa.
As Saban explained, his Crimson Tide are a far different and better team than the one that fell to Texas almost three months ago. Milroe has come into his own as the clear QB1 and one of the best dual-threat playmakers in the country.
Listen to the seen-time national champion head coach explain it all in Saturday’s postgame interview:
No lies told here, right?? You don’t have to particularly like Nick Saban as a guy, nor do you have to totally respect his coaching. Because let’s face it, college football is, like, 80% recruiting. So many people are like, “WOW LOOK AT HOW GOOD OF A COACHING JOB SABAN JUST DID!”
…Yeah. I’d pray if you were a coach getting paid Saban’s type of money, with a vast talent advantage over the majority of your opponents, that you’d be able to steer these young, incredibly talented young men in the right general direction without crashing the monolithic mother ship that is Alabama football. That’s the whole point of a football season at any level. Save your best ball for last. Develop along the way.
So in spite of all that sh*t talking of Saban that I’ve plugged in for you if you happen to be a detractor/hater, you can’t deny the truth he’s spitting here about his team. Alabama is one of the four best teams. They’re probably one of the most talented two in any given year. If they lose one or fewer games, they should be an annual CFP participant as long as Saban is at the helm.
Yes, Bama needed a miraculous 4th and 31 TD pass by Milroe to win the Iron Bowl over Auburn. So what? Do you want to see the best possible product in the College Football Playoff? Or would you rather see a backup Florida State QB trot out there and behold the Seminoles getting their doors blown off by any of the other three teams who qualify? Because that’s absolutely going to happen if Florida State somehow gets in over the Crimson Tide.
I think the CFP committee has quite an easy decision on who to plug in: Alabama, Texas, Michigan and Washington in whatever order. Georgia has a legit argument to beat out the Longhorns since they’ve had the superior overall season. But uhh…not gonna lie. Give me Quinn Ewers over Carson Beck in the CFP any day.
That’s 1,000% my own personal bias. I do not care. The Bulldogs basically had their playoff game on Saturday, and they blew it against Bama. Cry about it, y’all.
“This is a team. These guys right here are what you call a team. They play together, they RESPECT each other, they work hard, they take responsibility for their own self determination. I mean this is a great TEAM,” Nick Saban. pic.twitter.com/uuyiahRpSE