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Nick Saban Has Brutally Honest Admission On State Of College Football

Alabama head coach Nick Saban on the sideline of a game.

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the final minutes of their 48-7 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Defense wins championships. That's typically the mantra from title-winning head coaches like Nick Saban. The Alabama Crimson Tide have boasted some very intimidating defenses over the years, after all.

But things are much, much different in 2020.

Alabama's defense has been picked apart by offenses this season. The Crimson Tide allowed 40-plus points in a win over Ole Miss earlier this season. The 48 points Alabama allowed are the most the school has ever given up to an unranked team.

Thankfully for Saban's squad, it boasts an incredible offense. And the six-time national title-winning head coach has admitted that great offense - not great defense - is what wins you college football games in 2020.

"It used to be that good defense beats good offense. Good defense doesn't beat good offense anymore," Saban told ESPN on Friday. "It's just like last week. Georgia has as good a defense as we do an offense, and we scored 41 points on them [in a 41-24 Alabama win]. That's not the way it used to be. It used to be if you had a good defense, other people weren't going to score. You were always going to be in the game.

"I'm telling you. It ain't that way anymore."

It's hard to argue with that.

Last year's national champion, LSU, had arguably the greatest offense in college football history. Whoever wins it this year - Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State - will boast a truly elite offense, as well.

The times have certainly changed.