1. 2018 Alabama stands out from the pack
The 2009 Alabama team that rolled through the season unbeaten on the way to a national title was fantastic. It was the team that put an end to the Tim Tebow-led Florida back-to-back national title dream, and it knocked out Colt McCoy early in the BCS Championship win over Texas.
But the 2018 Crimson Tide team is more explosive.
The 2011 defense was otherworldly. It allowed just 106 points on the year, no FBS team scored more than 14 on it, and it put on a clinic against LSU in the BCS Championship. But the team also lost at home to LSU earlier in the year.
The 2018 team hasn’t lost. That defense allowed 17 points or fewer 12 times.
The 2012 national champion destroyed Notre Dame, but it needed everything in the bag to get by Georgia in the SEC Championship and lost at home to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M.
The 2018 offense had already scored 120 more points with one game to go.
The 2016 national champion might have been the best Nick Saban team yet. It ripped through the season going 14-0 – only Ole Miss came within double digits of the Tide … until Clemson won the national title.
Saban has had better defenses, but he has never had an offense like this. He has never had a quarterback like Tua Tagovailoa, or an array of offensive weapons this deep, or a team that appears to have been the epitome of The Process that’s been created in Tuscaloosa.
But none of that matters without a national championship.