Paul Finebaum has been around the SEC long enough, and around Nick Saban’s Alabama tenure specifically, enough to know that seemingly every time the Crimson Tide lose, people wonder if the dynasty is over.
But, after a 32-31 overtime loss at LSU on Saturday night, those questions are once again swirling about Saban’s squad.
During his weekly appearance on SportsCenter on Sunday morning, Finebaum said it does feel like Alabama’s chokehold on college football is loosening a bit:
“It just seems like for starters the window on the (Nick) Saban dynasty is closing,” Finebaum said. “They are not going to get back in it this year. So, what does that mean? It means a lot for Brian Kelly who came in and wanted to take on Nick Saban. That’s the reason he said he left Notre Dame, and already, he’s scored a victory in a game where there were numerous questionable calls on the Saban side and brilliant — I mean, life changing — calls on the LSU side, including the game winner.
“It’s so interesting juxtapose that versus the first game of the season when Brian Kelly chose to go for an extra point instead of beating FSU by 2. He missed the extra point. This time, it came back.”
Alabama now has 2 losses. So does LSU, but LSU has the head-to-head win over Alabama and a better SEC record. The Tigers, not the Tide, control their path to the SEC Championship Game.
What a coaching job Brian Kelly is doing in Baton Rouge this season.