“We’re losing a lot of good football players,” Saban said. “And we’ve got a lot of good young ones coming up and some good players coming back. But every year is a bit of a rebuilding year and we’ll certainly have a lot of opportunities for a lot of young players to make a contribution next year.”
When your only positive first-half stat is that your punter is having a great game — a 50.6-yard average on five first-half punts by All-American Brad Wing — it’s probably not a national championship night for you.
Is Nick Saban one of the best coaches in college football history? Most definitely. He has three national titles already and he is far from finished. He has the Crimson Tide loaded for years to come.
Alabama removed LSU (and OSU) from the national title equation and also removed all doubt about who’s No. 1. The Crimson Tide’s 21-0 victory was so complete, so overpowering and so convincing that it left Bama’s players in a state of postgame delirium.
A number of national sports writers and on-air personalities have expressed disappointment with Alabama’s 21-0 shutout victory in Monday night’s BCS Championship Game, which despite earning the second-highest ratings in the history of cable television finished with the lowest ratings for any national championship in the BCS era.
Four members of the media panel had Oklahoma State at No. 1, and Erik Gee, of KNML-AM in Albuquerque, N.M., picked LSU – as he said he would before the game.
LSU was supposed to have a significant speed advantage, but Alabama played much faster on both sides of the ball. Forget turning the corner; the Tigers’ ball-carriers couldn’t even see the corner. And forget not throwing downfield; time and again, the Tide receivers ran loose in LSU’s vaunted secondary.
“I enjoyed the Gatorade bath two years ago,” Saban said Tuesday in the morning-after news conference. “I wasn’t expecting it and got kind of almost knocked out. The players improved in terms of their ability to deliver. I improved on my ability to accept, and everybody was happy.”
And to realize just how varied the attitudes are about a potential four-team playoff, consider that just four years ago the sport’s power brokers barely discussed the idea when it was raised at the Bowl Championship Series meetings.