Alabama’s path to the title and how a three peat would affect Nick Saban

By: Jon

SEC media days occurred this week and Alabama was the team at the center of attention. Alabama is the heavy favorite to repeat as SEC champion. However, the predicted champion has only won the SEC 4 times in the last 21 years. As Saban portrayed, if his record was 4-17, he wold not be working at Alabama. Alabama is a great team because they have depth, skill, and speed. Although Saban lost many of his starters to the NFL draft, he is great at recruiting and replacing his lost talent. Although Alabama lost Eddie Lacy, Nick Saban has a reputation of replacing running backs. The Crimson Tide offense will be more dynamic than ever because they have AJ McCarron at quarterback, TJ Yeldon at running back, and Amari Cooper at wide receiver. However, the heart of the Alabama Crimson Tide has always been their defense. The defense will be lead by CJ Mosley, one of the best linebackers in college.

Nick Saban
Nick Saban

The Alabama Crimson Tide will be the number one team in the land and should remain undefeated throughout the regular season. Although they do not have an incredibly difficult schedule like other SEC teams, they will play enough quality teams to reach the first BCS Final Four and eventually win their third straight BCS National Championship. The defending champions will open their season against Virginia Tech at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Although Virginia Tech has been an ACC power over the last decade, last year they were average, finishing with a 7-6 record. The Hokies will need a huge game from quarterback Logan Thomas if they are going to have a chance to score points against the vaunted Alabama defense. After a win against the Hokies, the Crimson Tide will play their most difficult opponent, Texas A&M Aggies. The Aggies will be led by the defending Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel. Although the Aggies have a lot of talent, they have a lot of distractions because of Manziel’s problems and actions. The Crimson Tide will remember last season’s loss to the Aggies at Tuscaloosa, which almost cost them a chance to play in the BCS title game. AJ McCarron and Nick Saban will motivate their players to win the game. After a huge win against Johnny Football, Alabama will be playing the easier part of their schedule. Before their November 9th match with LSU, the Crimson Tide will play Colorado St., Ole Miss, Georgia St., Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Alabama has been one of the most consistent teams over the last six years. The last time Alabama lost to a team ranked outside the top 20 was in 2007 against Auburn. With the skill and mental toughness on the roster, Alabama will not be losing to any of these teams. On November 9th, LSU will be entering Tuscaloosa in an attempt to upset the number one team in the land. However, this is not the same LSU team as in the past. After losing great players to the draft, the last two years, LSU may have a “down” season this year. Unless Zach Mettenberger has a huge game and the defense plays at its true potential against Alabama, Alabama will rollover LSU because they have more talent and experience. Alabama’s last three games before the SEC championship game will be against Mississippi St, Chattanooga, and Auburn. Although Mississippi St. has a decent team, they and the other teams will have little chance of knocking off Alabama. In the SEC championship game at the Georgia Dome, Alabama probably will play the winner of the game against Georgia and South Carolina on September 7. South Carolina has been unable to get over the hump the last few years and become a National Championship contender under Steve Spurrier. Although Georgia played great football at the end of last season, Alabama defeated them in the SEC Championship game. Similar to South Carolina, Georgia has been known to underperform and lose big games against LSU, Florida, or Alabama, when they had a chance to enter the National Championship picture. After the winning the SEC Championship Game, the Alabama Crimson will walk into the Final Four as the first overall seed. During bowl games, Nick Saban has experienced great success. The Crimson Tide have won their last four bowl games, including three national titles. The SEC has been dominant during bowl games because its teams are better than other conference’s teams. Alabama has one of the best defense, coach, and quarterback in the country, which is a dynamic combination. Alabama’s defense is stronger or faster than their non-conference opponents. This physicality stops teams from scoring, while their offense dominates the ball. Alabama’s offense, this season, will have the ability to run and throw because of their talent at the skill positions and in the trenches.

One of the best Schemers of All-Time
One of the best Schemers of All-Time

If the Alabama Crimson Tide win another National title, Nick Saban would become one of the best coaches in College Football history. Saban started his head coaching career with Toledo in 1990. After coaching for a year, Saban went to the NFL as the Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator. In 1995, Nick went back to college and became the head coach of the Michigan St. Spartans. At Michigan St., he turned the program into a winner for the first time since 1990 and achieved its highest ranking since 1966. During the 1999, Saban left the Michigan St. sidelines to become the head coach of the LSU Tigers. After Saban entered Baton Rogue, LSU became a title contender after the first season. In 2003, Nick Saban won a share of his first National Championship. The Tigers defeated the Oklahoma Sooners and became the number one team according to the USA Today Poll. LSU shared the award with USC, who finished first in the BCS. After a disappointing 2004 season, Saban left Baton Rogue and became the coach for the Miami Dolphins. After two forgettable seasons with the Dolphins, Saban returned to the college ranks and became the coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. After a bad first season, Alabama had a great 2008 season. The Crimson Tide won their first twelve games before losing to the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game and Utah in the Sugar Bowl. Saban carried the momentum over to the next season. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide won the 2009 National Championship Game against Texas. He became the first coach to win a BCS National Championship with two different teams. In 2010, Saban led Alabama to another 10 win season and a victory in the Capital One Bowl Game. In 2011 and 2012, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide won back-back titles for the first time since the 2003-2004 USC Trojans. If the Tide roll to another championship, Saban would have won the second most championships at Alabama. Saban would have just one less titles than the great Bear Bryant. Saban would have the second most championships since the AP started deciding the National Championship in 1936. Alabama would become the first team since 1936 to win three straight titles. Nick Saban would become one of the greatest coaches of all-time. Alabama’s previous five years would be thought of as one of the most dominant runs in college football history.

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