We need to talk about the Crimson Tide.
Because for the first time since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, it feels like that’s not just Alabama’s mascot, but a description of the fact there’s blood in the water.
And those SEC sharks can smell it.
The 34-24 Texas win marked the first time Alabama had lost a regular season non-conference game in 16 years.
And Alabama, which hasn’t lost more than two games in a season since 2010, is 6-3 in their last 9 games.
Nick Saban says Alabama might have failed the test against Texas, but that it was a Midterm, and not the Final.
To be fair to Saban this was his first big game with both a new offensive coordinator, and a new QB in Jalen Milroe.
And I might be fair, but life in college football is about as fair as a November SEC matchup against Ding Dong Tech.
You already have people out here whispering that Saban is going to retire, and that if Deion Sanders is bigtime enough to stand next to Saban in an AFLAC commercial, why not just take his place on the sidelines in Tuscaloosa?
Insanity is a byproduct of success. Nick Saban has raised the standard at Alabama to such impossible heights that perfection is the only option.
And like hyenas waiting on the king of the jungle to leave the carcass after he’s had his fill, the college football world is waiting to pounce.
But I’d be careful.
There are ten former five star recruits on this Alabama defense. 59% of Alabama’s roster are former top-100 players in the nation coming out of high school.
There’s poking the bear, and there’s poking Bear-zilla.
You have to figure this loss is going to give Alabama all the motivation they need to get focused up for SEC play without anyone out here adding billboard material to the mix.
I’m talking to you, Mr. Twitter Fingers Lane Kiffin. You might want to stay off social media for the next two weeks and let your players try and do the talking on September 23rd.
Let that sink in.