Nick Saban praises Alabama's 'perserverance', says if he thinks win over Georgia is enough for Playoff berth
Nick Saban and Alabama toppled Georgia from the ranks of the unbeaten in the SEC Championship Game, winning 27-24 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday. The Crimson Tide are now 4-0 against the Bulldogs in the conference championship.
“Hey, I guess they wanted to prove to all the naysayers out there that we could do it,” Saban told CBS’s Jenny Dell after the Tide ended the Dawgs’ 29-game win streak.
Saban praised his team for responding following a surgical opening drive by the Bulldogs, with the Tide ultimately opening up a 17-7 halftime lead after trailing 7-0.
“I knew at halftime that these guys were going to keep fighting, but our guys showed great perseverance to grind it out,” Saban said. “Great drive to answer it when they scored. This is great. Man, I’m so proud of this team, proud of our players, proud of our fans. This is great. Winning the SEC is big.”
The big question: will Saturday’s win ultimately put Alabama in the College Football Playoff?
“That’s not really for me to say,” Saban told Dell. “I’m gonna enjoy this win and we’ll figure it out [Sunday]. But we did our part. We did what we had to do to have a chance.”