Alabama has been the best program in college football for the last decade, but the Crimson Tide have had one Achilles heel: their kicking game.
We’ve seen Alabama’s lack of consistent place kicking cost them games in the past, and nearly cost them the national championship two years ago. Today, it helped knock them out of the College Football Playoff.
Trailing Auburn 48-45 with two minutes remaining, Alabama attempted a short field goal for the tie. Joseph Bulovas’ kick hit the left upright and fell harmlessly to the turf, all but clinching the win for the Tigers.
After the miss, former Alabama running back Damien Harris summed up the feelings of the entire Crimson Tide fan base on Twitter. They are sick of ‘Bama’s futility in the kicking game.
“How long do we have to deal with this problem?” Harris asked. “I’m tired.”
How long do we have to deal with this problem? I’m tired.
— Damien Harris (@DHx34) December 1, 2019
It really is incredible, given the resources Alabama has and how well Nick Saban recruits and develops players, that the Crimson Tide just can not find a reliable kicker. This has been a problem for years now.
One would think Saban will make fixing it one of his primary goals this offseason. In the meantime, he and his team will be left to stew over this season’s missed opportunities.