Relive Alabama football’s five noteworthy moments from this championship season. 2017 was a season Crimson Tide fans will always remember.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban led the Crimson Tide to its fifth national title in nine years. This season was by far his most challenging in Tuscaloosa. As the 2016 season ended in defeat at the hands of the Clemson Tigers, this new season was a mission to show the world that Alabama was still as destructive as an atomic bomb.
Saban dealt with injuries that threatened his defensive depth. The sage coach had to break in a new offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, to work with returning SEC Offensive Player of the Year Jalen Hurts.
One exhilarating moment was when Alabama stepped foot in Nashville to face an amped up 2-0 Vanderbilt Commodores team. A few experts were picking Alabama football to lose its SEC opener. The spread for the game was 19 points and one national sportswriter claimed the Tide offense would not be able to score 19 points on the Dores defense. Ridiculous!
The Tide was up 52-0 heading into the fourth quarter. The Tide had outgained Vanderbilt 677-78 yards of total offense.
There was little doubting of the Tide going forward. Alabama football mowed down opponents with only two blips of vulnerability. The Tide struggled against Mississippi State and stumbled against Auburn.
The Auburn loss might have derailed another national championship quest. But it didn’t and the Tide proved in the two Playoff victories it was a true champion. Let’s countdown the season’s five most noteworthy moments.