Alabama football is pretty much unimpeachable under Nick Saban. Losses have been few and far between for the Crimson Tide over the last decade.
That is what made this year’s national championship game so shocking. Obviously, Clemson was expected to put up a fight, but the 44-16 drubbing of ‘Bama was incredible.
It hasn’t really put a damper on expectations for Alabama going forward. The Crimson Tide remain a major favorite for the national title.
ESPN’s Booger McFarland is tired of excuses being made for Alabama football after the Clemson loss.
He appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday to rebuke those who have offered alternate explanations for the beatdown in January.
McFarland says that if you ask Nick Saban, he would say the better team won.
TigerNet transcribed the key portions of McFarland’s argument:
“I’ve been listening to your show and I’ve kinda been a little disappointed – and here’s why. Everyone seems to say when Alabama loses, the kids aren’t focused,” McFarland said. “Mack Wilson is worried about winning the Butkus (Award). These players are concerned with their individual accolades. How about saying that Clemson was the better team and (Alabama) got beat. That’s the one thing that people who call into (Finebaum’s show) don’t say.
“Sometimes there isn’t a reason or excuse and the other team is better…What about that the other team is just better? Dabo has done one hell of a job. And I was at the game, Paul, Clemson lined up and beat Alabama. It wasn’t a fluke. Tua (Tagovailoa) wasn’t sick and didn’t have the flu.
“(Clemson) just lined up and beat Alabama and hit them square in the mouth and beat them. And I think that’s the thing that if you ask him, Nick Saban, he’ll tell you (that)…Let’s stop with the excuses. Alabama got beat by a better team that’s called the Clemson Tigers.”
That does sound like what Saban would say, and it’s right. Alabama is an incredible program, but isn’t infallible, and isn’t the only one with players who have to deal with distractions.
Clemson has been just as successful over the last few years, puts a comparable number of players into the NFL and has Alabama-level star power. The Crimson Tide definitely knew what it was up against going into that game.