4. Alabama had the perfect season
Let’s just slow the roll a wee bit on the Best Nick Saban Alabama Team/Season Ever talk for right now.
Unless you don’t want to.
This team might not have been his best – that 2011 team lost a game, but allowed 106 points in 13 games – but it’s very, very hard to argue with the run it just had.
It was a great season, it was a national championship season, it was a perfect season without any real on-field drama – Jaylen Waddle injury and Nick Saban COVID issues aside – but LSU was a shadow of its 2019 self, Auburn wasn’t that great, Notre Dame was a just okay CFP team, and …
— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) January 12, 2021
Alabama beat everyone but Florida by double-digits, the offense toyed with the rest of college football, and it all ended with an SEC championship, a national championship, and a big fat 0 at the end of the record.
Out of the seven national titles won by Saban, this was his second perfect season with the first coming in 2009. In terms of true greatness that team might have been a wee bit stronger in a different sort of way – dominant defense, the SEC Championship win over Florida was better than anything the 2020 team did, Texas was a better national championship opponent than Ohio State – but again …
There wasn’t a FIU or a UT Chattanooga or a North Texas on the schedule like that 2009 team faced, but we’re splitting hairs here.
Where was the blip? Ole Miss put up some yards on the 2020 Crimson Tide, and Florida certainly gave it a run in the SEC Championship, but every other game was merely a fun exercise, and offensively, that included the national championship.
There wasn’t a struggle – at least on the field. This was all fun, and it was yet another win to throw on the Crimson Tide pile.