We wanted ‘Bama.

Pretty good piece from Jane Coaston at the NY Times reminding us that beating any Alabama team during the Saban era is an accomplishment.

On Monday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Georgia Bulldogs for the national championship in college football. Which was different from four years ago, when Alabama defeated Georgia for the title. Since 2010, Alabama has appeared in the title game nine times and won six of them. Since the College Football Playoff system was instituted in the 2014-2015 season, in part to produce a more competitive environment that would let the non-Alabamas of the world aim for a title, Alabama has competed in six title games and won three.

How good is this team? On Monday night, Georgia beat Alabama for its first national title since 1980. Georgia was fantastic — way better than my Michigan Wolverines, which Georgia crushed in the national semifinal game on New Year’s Eve — and has every chance of being extremely good next season, too. But that very same night, ESPN senior writer Mark Schlabach released his top 25 rankings for the upcoming season and put Georgia third. In first place? Alabama. Because, in general, if there is a college football season taking place, Alabama is going to be either the best team competing, or it’ll be playing the team that is in the national championship. The Tide is as certain as, well, the tide.

She goes on to call Alabama a “behemoth”, which is an apt description:  “And Alabama, like any good villain, is fully sentient, always learning, always improving, always finding new and even more terrifying ways to decimate its opponents.”

And this is particularly telling:

I need to be clear here for those of you who do not follow college football: For the last decade, Alabama has been so good that it has become almost more of a concept than a team. There’s a habit some fans of other college football teams have of chanting, “We want Bama!” or wielding signs bearing the same words at games where their team is winning, because the truest sign of superiority wouldn’t be to beat the team you’re already beating — it would be to beat Alabama.

You can beat Nick Saban, but you can’t hope to contain him.

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6 responses to “We wanted ‘Bama.

  1. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2021)

    Their defense next season could be as good as ours was this season. They’re basically having all their important defensive juniors coming back like we did, and Anderson is a rising junior. However, their offense is not likely to be as good given they’re losing Metchie and Williams.

    They might actually look a lot like we did this year all things considered, except with a truly great QB.

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    • ASEF

      I think their offense will be better. The OL issues and numerous RB injuries made the offense one dimensional. And BY seems to get better by the game. Easy to forget he was a first year starter.

      If their OL recruiting bears out (big if), it won’t be 2020-good, but it will be a step up from 2021.

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  2. Russ

    Well, we should find out how good they are next December.

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  3. Nil Butron is a Pud

    Bama who?

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  4. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Best quote to me from the article:

    “Someday, Alabama won’t be Alabama anymore. Let’s appreciate this thing of beauty — or, more accurately, this unstoppable hell beast from the great beyond — while we can.”

    Maybe we will be able to say (a year or two hence) that we started the down slide, or maybe not. But either way, in the meanwhile it is a precious jewel to admire for this Dawg fan.

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    • Illini84

      I just found the program for the 83 Liberty Bowl. The Illini played Bama in Bear’s last game and I wasn’t able to buy a program then but I found one on eBay. Everything dies, baby that’s a fact. . .

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