❚ Saban and Alabama might roll for a while,
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – As the Crimson Tide continue to roll, a new phrase has been coined: “Alabama fatigue.”
A unified coalition of Alabama haters has emerged, begging for somebody, anybody to dethrone the Crimson Tide from the lofty perch atop football’s hierarchy they have maintained for most of the past decade. Alabama has been ranked No. 1 at some point during the past 11 seasons, and it has claimed five national titles in that span.
But you had better get used to it. Alabama isn’t going away anytime soon.
Its 45-34 dismantling of Oklahoma in last weekend’s playoff semifinal was quickly decided. The Crimson Tide scored on its first four possessions to take a 28-0 lead, sending the weary Alabama haters scrambling for the TV remote.
The victory in the Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium places Alabama (14-0) in the national championship game for the fourth consecutive year.
The Crimson Tide will face Clemson with the title on the line for the third time on Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Some might insinuate that Alabama fan are spoiled, that this unprecedented run of success cannot continue forever. Maybe so.
But as long as Nick Saban is in charge of the program, don’t expect a letdown.
His attention to the most minute of details, his relentless pursuit of perfection and his unbridled intensity never take a day off.
Plus, the Crimson Tide just signed perhaps their best batch of recruits ever in this current topranked recruiting class. Expect less turnover among the coaching staff during the offseason, with offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s departure to Maryland likely to be filled by quarterback whisperer Dan Enos.
But the most ominous message for those who view Alabama as some sort of Death Star was uttered by Saban earlier last week.
“The road to success is always under construction,” Saban said. “We know we can’t win every game, and we know we can’t be perfect, but we’re certainly trying to work every day to close the gap on how good we can be.”
In other words, with Saban one win away from his sixth national title at Alabama — and his record-setting seventh, which would surpass the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant — the best might still be yet to come.
So to all the naysayers who embrace the “anybody but Alabama” mind-set, get over it.
This dominant run by the Crimson Tide won’t slow down any time soon as long as Saban is calling the shots.