The general consensus is that Nick Saban is the best college football coach in the nation. However, is it possible that Saban could also be considered overrated? According to a recent anonymous poll, some FBS coaches believe that is indeed the case.
Barrett Sallee of CBS Sports recently posted a poll listing Saban as the nation’s second most overrated coach, behind only Jim Harbaugh.
Saban received nine percent of the votes in the most overrated category. Here’s one comment that a coach had for Saban:
“We’re going to have a war. You’re going to have a howitzer, and I have a musket, and then every time we’ll say that you’re brilliant.”
Former Saban assistant and current FAU head coach Lane Kiffin also received nine percent of the vote in the most overrated category, and fellow SEC coach Will Muschamp of South Carolina finished tied for fifth with four percent of the vote.
“(Muschamp) has been at a couple of Cadillacs, and he’s wrecked ’em. He keeps landing on his feet…To me, when you’re given the keys to a Cadillac, you need to respond.”
No SEC coach landed in the top four for most underrated where Bill Snyder of Kansas State received the largest percentage of votes at 24%.
Considering all the success of Saban has achieved in his career, does it even make sense that he would receive the same amount of criticism as Kiffin? Or that anyone would consider a coach with five national championships, one away from tying Bear Bryant, overrated?