On Saturday afternoon, Alabama lost its second game in a season for the first time since 2014 when the Crimson Tide fell to Auburn by a final score of 48-45.
The Iron Bowl loss means Alabama won’t be headed to the College Football Playoff for the first time.
Earlier this morning, ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum broke down what the loss means for Alabama’s future under Nick Saban. Finebaum suggested the Crimson Tide’s “window is closing.”
Here’s what he had to say via, Saturday Down South:
“Nick Saban is the greatest coach of all time, but he has not delivered this year. When they lost by 28 points, he promised the Alabama factor would be back. I haven’t seen it, and you think about all the things that have gone wrong. The penalties in this game were massive. You talk about 13 penalties and five false starts.
You also think about what happens next to this team. I mean, this is a program that lost in major games now giving up 34, 44, 46 and 48 against the last four top 20 teams. You also think about Nick Saban. He’s lost two out of three to Gus Malzahn. He’s lost two out of three to Dabo Swinney. The dynasty isn’t dead, but the window is closing.”
It’s difficult for fans to not overreact to a loss, and it looks like Finebaum falls into that category as well.
As long as Nick Saban is in Tuscaloosa, the Tide will be a force to be reckoned with.