I bet the Coke bottle’s about to pop its cap.
Category Archives: Nick Saban Rules
And you know what that means — alert the media.
“I’m trying to get our players to listen to me instead of listening to you guys,” Saban said. “All that stuff you write about how good we are. All that stuff they hear on ESPN. It’s like poison.
“It’s like taking poison.
“Like rat poison.”
Let’s hear Herbstreit respond to that.
Gary Danielson had this to say about Alabama:
“It will be an upset if they lose a game,” Danielson said. “It’s going to take a B- effort by Alabama and an A effort by an opponent in the SEC to beat them.”
In other words, you don’t beat ‘Bama without a little help from ‘Bama.
Unfortunately, ‘Bama isn’t in a helping mood lately.
Plenty to put on your plate.
- Somehow, Notre Dame is in ESPN’s FPI top ten, but Georgia isn’t.
- But Georgia is numero uno in special teams S&P+ this week.
- And this advanced stats blog rates Georgia’s defensive effort from Saturday night the nation’s best of last week… yeah, I know… better than ‘Bama. Somehow.
- How many five-stars play for teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll?
- Awesome story on Hal Mumme and the Air Raid offense here.
- Alabama has won eighteen straight conference games. Average margin of victory: 23.1 points.
- “Is it possible the SEC might be just pedestrian enough, and Texas A&M just good enough, to save Sumlin’s job?”
- These are not fun times to be a Missouri fan.
- “By moving up four spots to No. 7 in the latest AP poll, Georgia has now been ranked in the Top 10 at some point during each of the last six seasons.”
Nick Saban wants you to know he’s really, truly interested in a home-and-home series against a P5 opponent. There’s just one little problem.
“I’ve been out there talking about how we should have to play all Power 5 conferences in all 12 games,” Saban said. “And I know there’s a lot of opposition to that. The biggest opposition is the way you qualify for a bowl game. Everybody wants to win six games. So, they win six games, they get to go to a bowl game. Well, if I could play four teams that I know I could beat that nobody really cares about watching, then I could qualify for a bowl game.
“Well, my answer to that would be: Why don’t we do it like they do basketball? They pick 64 teams or 68 teams or whatever it is for the basketball tournament based on, not their record necessarily, but strength of schedule and all that type of stuff, so you put the best teams however many there are, kind of like we do the top-12 now. And then it wouldn’t be as big an issue to try to win six games, but it would be more about who you play, strength of schedule, be much better for the fans.”
Nick Saban, friend of the six-game winner. The man sure knows how to work the angles, don’t he?
“… You’re starting to hear that phrase more and more around the SEC with Alabama winning four of the last eight national championships under Nick Saban and going 45-5 in its last 50 games against SEC foes. Maybe the best explanation for what it means is simply this: Since Saban arrived at Alabama in 2007, the other 11 schools that were in the SEC at the time have had 34 different head coaches, including at least three different coaches at eight of the 11 schools.”
Whether Saban is the greatest coach in SEC history is a subject for debate, but I don’t think there’s any argument about whether he’s been the most influential on the course taken by other conference programs. When you consider that none of the deck shuffling has had the slightest impact on Alabama, the results are both sad and amazing. You’d figure that with all the resources available around the SEC, some school would have emerged and remained a consistent rival over the course of a decade, but not so far.
I don’t know if this is a drug-related suspension, or a sign of something more serious and permanent, but Nick Saban is sans Coke bottle today.
Of course, it may be due to this. You know how Saban is about his staff speaking with the media.
I must say he looks naked without it.