Get ready to run through a wall for Nick Saban after his message to Alabama after the National Championship Game.
Nick Saban and Alabama football are on top of the college football mountain once again.
They did it dominantly. They did it stoically. They did it, according to Saban, better than they’ve ever done it before.
In praising his team’s performance against Ohio State, Saban went as far as to say this was the best Crimson Tide team he’s ever coached.
“To me, this team accomplished more than almost any team,” Saban said after the Tide’s 54-24 trouncing of the Buckeyes. “No disrespect to other teams we had but this team won 11 SEC games. No other team has done that. Won the SEC and went undefeated in the SEC, and then they beat two great teams in the playoffs with no break.”
In Alabama’s blowout over Ohio State Monday night, the team set a few different single-season records.
- Single-season SEC reception yards and touchdowns (DeVonta Smith, 1,856 yards, 23 touchdowns)
- SEC touchdowns (Najee Harris, 30)
- FBS single-season completion percentage (Mac Jones, 77.4 percent)
- Single-season SEC scoring (48.5 ppg)
As usual, we have to hear from the coaches after a national championship victory. We all have seen Saban during interviews. He is direct, to the point, and tactful in his delivery. We have never seen him get emotional like this before.
Is this really the best Alabama team Nick Saban has coached?
It’s easy to chalk Saban’s postgame praise up to being a prisoner of the moment. After all, Alabama has been a powerhouse for a long time, not just over the course of the school’s storied history but within the Saban era. Since arriving in Tuscaloosa back in 2007, the Tide have won six national titles in 12 seasons.
More specific to this year’s team, Saban had two Heisman finalists on his roster, including the Heisman winner, and the Crimson Tide collectively won 13 football awards, including the Broyles Award for offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian’s masterful performance as a play-caller. That’s the most ever for a Nick Saban-coached team, besting records set in 2015 and 2016 (each of those years six Bama players won awards).
Add to that a National Championship and the Crimson Tide’s trophy case has never been as full as it was this year.
Alabama is also expected to produce as many as five first-round picks in this year’s NFL Draft, and that’s before teams get a closer look at the Crimson Tide star power at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
The debate among fans over which of the seven title-winning Crimson Tide teams was the best will last as long as time, and will forever remain subjective. But in that vein, Saban calling this the best team he’s coached isn’t hyperbole, as the result speaks for itself.