Even Nick Saban admits offense is king in college football these days
The SEC used to be known for its defenses, but over the past few years, offense has become king in the conference, like it has across the country.
We’ve seen some high-powered Alabama offenses make it to the College Football Playoff. Just last season, LSU had Joe Burrow and an electric offense lead it to the title.
In an interview with ESPN’s Chris Low on Friday, Alabama coach Nick Saban — a defensive guru — admitted that you have to have a good offense these days:
“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.”
That doesn’t mean Saban is a fan of the offensive explosion in college football. But, he’s willing to do what it takes to lead his team to victory:
“I don’t like it,” he said with a wry smile. “But we just have to make sure we have an offense that’s that way and that explosive, which we have.”
Will Alabama’s offensive dominance continue against Tennessee on Saturday? Tune in to CBS at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time to find out.