The Alabama Crimson Tide capped off statistically one of the most dominant seasons ever after a blowout win in the Iron Bowl over Auburn.
Every time we think that the Alabama Crimson Tide team this year couldn’t be any more impressive, they do something like they did Saturday to Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
Once again, Nick Saban’s team coasted to a win, simply dominating the Tigers in a 52-21 blowout. If it feels like the Crimson Tide haven’t had any serious scares in 2018, it’s because they legitimately haven’t.
For the first time since 1888, a full 130 years, the Crimson Tide were able to outscore each of their first 12 opponents in a season by 20 points or more. Yale was the only other team do ever pull that impressive feat off.
Heisman Trophy frontunner Tua Tagovailoa has been a big reason for that dominance, at least on the offensive side of the ball. He showed that off once again on Saturday, completing 25-of-32 passes for 324 yards with five passing touchdowns and another one on the ground. His 36 passing touchdowns to two interceptions shows just how efficient the entire Alabama offense has been this season.
While Kyler Murray has made a strong argument of his own to win the Heisman, that jaw-dropping statistic and the incredible play from Tua mean that this one is probably already decided.
As for the Crimson Tide, they’re hoping to keep that incredible streak alive and dominate the Georgia Bulldogs next week in the SEC Championship game. Head coach Nick Saban has made it known that nothing really matters if they can’t win it all, and this will likely be their toughest test yet.
It’s still astonishing that Saban consistently produces national championship contenders (and winners), but the team that he was able to put together in 2018 is one like we’ve never seen before. That’s not an emotional statement anymore, but rather a statistical certainty.
College football fans will be watching intently to see if that historic start ends with a historic national champion.