Nick Saban and Alabama have a HUGE game this weekend as No. 6 Texas A&M visits Tuscaloosa in a showdown of top ten teams.
And honestly? I’m just hoping A&M can keep it close. Because right now it’s the Crimson Tide… And then everybody else.
The Tide are favored by 19 against A&M, nearly a 3-touchdown favorite against a program that might have the most impressive early resume of any program in the country. But that’s how dominant Alabama has been.
While contenders like Clemson and Ohio State were struggling to get out of last weekend alive, the Tide walked into Neyland Stadium and BURIED Tennessee — a 49-10 win that was every bit as lopsided as it sounds.
They ran the ball for 438 yards. Held the Vols to just 32. And they scored TWO MORE non-offensive touchdowns — making that 11 on the season, already a Saban-era high.
I said it earlier this week — and I’ll say it again. Nick Saban has had some really incredible teams since he took over at Alabama. This one hasn’t done ANYTHING YET, but they’ve got the chance to be maybe his best.
And this could be the best coaching job Saban has done since he’s gotten to Tuscaloosa — a control freak who has ratcheted things up another couple levels as he grinds through the most dangerous portion of his schedule.
He’s got Kiffy and his offense rolling, with freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts already looking like a future star. He’s got a defense that’s been rebuilt with speed to stop the spread and power to dominate in the trenches. Take away Kirby Smart, add Jeremy Pruitt. Does not matter.
And now Saban gets another run at quarterback Trevor Knight, the graduate transfer who diced up the Crimson Tide defense as a redshirt freshman in Oklahoma’s Sugar Bowl win at the end of the 2013 season and looks even better as a graduate transfer.
This is PEAK SABAN. The kind of game that has him grinding even HARDER. Trying to stop a quarterback who already snatched a Sugar Bowl from the guy. And Kevin Sumlin, a head coach that took him down when Jonathan Football was slicing and dicing and minting money against the Tide.
And if it turns out like most expect, just another opportunity for Alabama to flex their muscles and separate themselves from the pack.
Because while Urb and Coach Khaki have people amped about the Big Ten and Chris Petersen has Washington rolling in the Pac-12, the championship — until further notice — is still running through Tuscaloosa.