Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd is a man that sticks by his hot takes, so you very rarely see him back down from an opinion, no matter how outlandish. Today is one of those rare days, although this position is pretty indefensible in retrospect. Back in 2013, following Auburn's shocking "Kick Six" win in the Iron Bowl over Alabama, Cowherd had this to say about the balance between Nick Saban and then-first year Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, via Saturday Down South:
“I think he’s going to be a nightmare. I am amazed that Alabama fans aren’t concerned about Gus Malzahn.”
“There’s a way to beat Nick Saban,” Cowherd explained. “You’re not going to outdefend Nick Saban. He’s the master. …
“The people that give Nick trouble, and I’ve heard this from rival coaches who love Nick, is that Nick – like (Bill) Belichick – has a system. When you can get Nick out of his system, that you have out-of-the-box contrarian thinkers that don’t think like Nick thinks, they force Nick in uncomfortable places, to do things with his defense that he normally doesn’t have to normally do, he’s at his weakest.
“Nick is not great off the rails or against unpredictable coaches,” Cowherd said. “He has more trouble with quirky than substantial. He’ll go toe to toe with substantial. So I think Malzahn is built to give Nick trouble.
“I want all you Alabama fans, who love Finebaum and hate me, to know,” Cowherd said. “Right now, you’re driving around and I’m here to tell you that you’re going to start to lose to Gus Malzahn.
“Next year, Auburn’s going to be better than Alabama. Auburn is going to go into Tuscaloosa and beat Alabama. They’re going to beat Florida State. They’re going to win back-to-back national titles.”
Of course, Cowherd was proven very, very wrong. Auburn is 14-11 in 2014 and 2015; Alabama is 24-3 with two SEC Championships, two College Football Playoff berths, and of course, two Iron Bowl wins. While Auburn has played Alabama fairly tough both seasons, a nightmare they are not. Today on his show, Cowherd admitted that he was wrong about Malzahn and Auburn being a lasting thorn in Saban's side.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd)
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 7, 2015
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It is not every day that Cowherd will admit that he was wrong about anything, so savor this one, Alabama fans.