After the 23-17 loss at Ole Miss on October 4, it didn’t look like this Alabama squad was quite up to the standard set by past Nick Saban teams. The offense, led by new quarterback Blake Sims and coordinator Lane Kiffin, looked one-dimensional at times. The defense did not seem to have the same speed as past units, which have consistently been among the nation’s best under Saban.
The Crimson Tide has not lost since.
Despite facing an arduous schedule featuring games at Arkansas, LSU and at home against Texas A&M, Mississippi State, and Auburn, as well as an SEC Championship match-up with Missouri, Alabama is unscathed over the last eight games. Sims has developed into a trustworthy passer, Kiffin’s offense has found ways to get Heisman finalist Amari Cooper open, no matter how much the opposition focuses on him, and Kirby Smart’s defense is as tough as ever, especially against the run.
Oregon, Florida State, and Ohio State have each had fantastic seasons, but every one of those teams has a major hole. Alabama is the nation’s most complete team, and will take the first College Football Playoff trophy home to Tuscaloosa. Here are five reasons why: