Joel Klatt described Alabama’s season as the most disappointing one of Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama.

Alabama had to settle for a Sugar Bowl appearance after a 10-2 record. Even with 2 losses, Alabama was in contention for a College Football Playoff bid until the conference championship games wrapped up. In his latest podcast episode, Klatt previewed the Sugar Bowl and was critical of Alabama’s season.

“It’s easily safe to say this is the most disappointing season in the Nick Saban era. There have been worse eras… there have been worse seasons, but this is the most disappointing season,” Klatt said. “Why is that, Joel? Well, you had the incumbent Heisman Trophy winner back, you had the best defender in college football back. They were the biggest preseason favorite for a national title since the Reggie Bush-USC teams. So, we all thought this was going to be an epic, great year for Alabama and it fell woefully short of that. They’re not even in the Playoff.”

This is Alabama’s 1st time missing the Playoff since the 2019 season. Previously, Alabama made the Playoff 7 times in the last 9 seasons. Alabama will look to close out the season with 11 wins.

Kickoff for the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Kansas State will take place on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.