Fair or not, some armchair quarterbacks south of Ohio like to accuse ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit of anti-SEC bias.
But the former Buckeyes quarterback is a huge fan of Alabama coach Nick Saban and the program he’s put together in Tuscaloosa.
“I think right now, they’re probably setting the bar,” Herbstreit told SEC Country this week. “They have the one loss that people want to talk about against Ole Miss, but this is a different era from the old AP Poll or the Coaches Poll or the BCS. This is not about having the one loss. This is about having a loss, regrouping and playing the schedule that they’ve played. And going out and dominating people.”
Herbie has been especially impressed by the Crimson Tide’s schedule, which has featured games against six ranked teams.
“There’s not a lot of people in this country that can go through that schedule and look as good as Alabama has looked,” he said. “So I have no concern at all with where their ranking is.”
That ranking is currently No. 2, according to the College Football Playoff committee. Herbstreit wouldn’t be upset if one-loss ‘Bama shot up even further.
“You could make an argument to put them up at No. 1,” he said.
Alabama takes on FCS school Charleston Southern this Saturday (4 p.m. ET, SEC Network) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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