Alabama football’s dynasty is not over
Alabama football almost repeated as national champions for the second time in the Nick Saban era, but they came up just short against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Tide were without their two stars at wide receiver, and the defense couldn’t do enough to hold Georgia back. By the end of the game, the Bulldogs overtook the Tide and earned the championship.
Georgia deserved this win, and there’s no denying that. You can’t point to a specific mistake or controversial moment that determined the winner. Georgia won because they were elite on defense and wore down the Tide.
This was a bitter end to an inconsistent season, but it is now time to look forward. Saban and the coaching staff know that losses are opportunities to motivate and grow, and there should be plenty of motivation heading into next year.
The good news is that Alabama football is poised to have a solid offseason. The 2021 recruiting class was the best in the history of the program, and those players will be prepared to take on larger roles as sophomores next year. Saban has also dominated the recruiting trail and Transfer Portal once again, so Alabama will bring in talent at key positions.
The real key to remaining dominant is retaining the talent on the roster. For the top-level talent, Alabama should be set. Bryce Young and Will Anderson are both sophomores, so they have to return to college for one more season. While stars like Phil Mathis and Brian Robinson are leaving for the NFL, others have to make key decisions. Will Henry To’o To’o return for another year with the Tide? Will the injury to John Metchie make him consider a senior season with Alabama football?
Players are more likely to return after losing a national title. The unfinished business mindset is why Alabama had such a long streak of winning a title every other year.
We’ll have to see who returns and who leaves, but the bright spot of Alabama football’s situation is that Nick Saban will have a motivated team with two returning superstars. That is a great place to start, which is why it’s hard to imagine the Tide crumbling just yet.