Alabama:I know it seems like at the end of every year we’re talking about how dominant the Tide are, and how Nick Saban may have just cemented himself as the greatest college coach ever. That’s because we do. The Tide won the title again this year and for good reason. Nick Saban is a man amongst boys when it comes to college football. The Tide rolled against Clemson when no one thought they could. They made the number one team in the nation look like a high school program. It has been a few years since anyone’s made the Tigers look that sorry. I think the true sign of Saban’s brilliance, however, was in the national championship game pulling Jalen Hurts, who’s record is 25-2 as a starter, for freshman Tua Tagovailoa who had barely played all year. Now granted, Tau played brilliantly. Yet, it takes a lot to pull a proven veteran out for a freshman, and then open up the playbook for that guy against one of the best defenses in the country. I think that this game truly shines as a the moment Nick Saban and his Bama dynasty set themselves apart from the country. And things aren’t going to change next year. Sadly, we more than likely won’t see Bo Scarbrough or Calvin Ridley in crimson and white again. But in case you didn’t notice Bama’s leading passer and rusher in the National Championship game, and their second and third leading receivers of the season were all freshmen. Plus, Damien Harris has already announced he’ll be returning for his senior year. This offense is scary young, and has no where to go but up with a Nick Saban defense at their back. Although the Tide lose Da’Shawn Hand, Rashaan Evans, and all but one starter in their secondary from the number one defense in the country, Bama doesn’t rebuild it reloads. Never forget Nick Saban’s better than everyone and he proves it every year; the Tide finished on top yet again this year, and we should expect them to be right there at the top again next year.
On this week’s Porch Talk Chris and Brendan discuss a variety of topics. They begin with addressing the four team dynamic in the college football playoff. While some think four teams suffice, others want to see an expansion. Second, the nation lost an American Icon in the passing of Keith Jackson.