After Iron Bowl loss, Paul Finebaum wonders about Alabama's future under Nick Saban
Following the loss to Auburn Saturday, Alabama is now out of the College Football Playoff conversation. The Tide suffered their second loss after giving up a program record 48 points under Nick Saban. It topped the previous record of 46, which happened earlier this season to LSU.
It’s easy to overreact and declare the Alabama dynasty dead, but Saban’s Tide has flaws they have to address immediately, starting with the defense and penalties.
Paul Finebaum joined SportsCenter Sunday morning, and following Saturday, he’s wondering about the future of Alabama under Saban.
“Nick Saban is the greatest coach of all time, but he has not delivered this year,” Finebaum said Sunday morning. “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.”
Nick Saban is 68 years old, and his contract runs through the 2021 season. Finebaum’s right — it’s too early to declare the dynasty over, but the window is certainly closing for Saban to win another championship.
This year will be the first College Football Playoff without Alabama since it started in 2014.