Less than six months after the COVID-19 pandemic nearly closed its campus, the Alabama Crimson Tide will return to Tuscaloosa1 having laid declare to the greatest college football team of all time. Of course they did. The group with probably the most nationwide championships to its credit score within the ballot period2 gained one more, whereas Nick Saban has decreased dominance to an expectation, eclipsing Bear Bryant for many nationwide titles amongst head coaches.
And but, who noticed this coming? It’s not as if the Tide got here out of nowhere, however they did enter the season with their worst rating — third, gasp! — since 2015. That’s largely as a result of final season’s offense now performs on Sundays. Four of the primary 15 picks of last year’s NFL draft had been members of the Alabama offense, together with arguably the best quarterback in school history.
And then the unit improved. It bounced again with the best quarterback, best running back, best receiver, best center, best interior lineman and best offensive line within the sport. In receiver and return-man wizard DeVonta Smith, it additionally featured the best and most versatile participant.
Saban put the ending touches on his seventh nationwide championship-winning season Monday evening with a 52-24 shellacking of Ohio State, rounding out the Tide’s 10th undefeated season and first since 2009. It was shut for about quarter-hour, which is much more that may be stated of most Alabama video games in 2020.
“To me, this team accomplished more almost than any team,” Saban said after the game, referring extra to the pandemic than to any on-field accomplishments.
But did we witness the swan tune of the best faculty soccer group of the fashionable period? It’s a query we will’t assist however ask every year: Where does the group that simply gained all of it match within the historical past of the game?
Let’s begin with the general resume. Alabama performed a gauntlet schedule that included a 10-game regular-season SEC slate and exactly zero nonconference opponents. It beat it like a drum. Then the Tide downed Florida within the SEC championship sport and blasted its two playoff opponents by no less than three scores apiece. All amidst a pandemic.
“I think we’re the best team to ever play,” quarterback Mac Jones said Monday. “There’s no team that will ever play an SEC schedule like that again.”
The video games weren’t shut. Alabama by no means trailed getting into the fourth quarter. On common, the Tide spent greater than 19 minutes every sport sitting on the ball with a double-digit lead.