National media personalities are in awe of Alabama.
The Crimson Tide’s 33-14 romp over Texas A&M on Saturday was impressive on a number of levels. For the national voices who witnessed Alabama crush another quality opponent, there wasn’t much left to say but, “Wow.”
Check out a sampling of the takes below. You’ll find a common theme in all: Alabama looks so much better than everyone else right now that the only way for the Crimson Tide to lose might be for them to make enough mistakes to give an inferior opponent a chance.
We’ll see if Alabama can keep up the dominance.
What the media said
Credit Saban for being open enough to create this evolved version of Alabama. He essentially took the Tide’s kryptonite—dual-threat quarterbacks and spread offenses—and decided to inflict them on the opposition. That’s helped offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s offense emerge as a new-age, new-look and new tempo version of the Tide. They are led by electric but occasionally erratic freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts (164 yards passing, 93 yards rushing, three total touchdowns, two interceptions), a bevy of stout tailbacks topped by Damien Harris (17 carries for 128 yards) and a defense that forces opponents to operate in less space than a coach-class middle seat on a airplane.
Suddenly, there are only four games left in the regular season. The toughest four-game stretch in recent memory is almost … a memory.
Taken as a whole, this doesn’t seem like a team that is going to be victimized by a Kick Six. It won’t need a fourth-quarter onside kick in the national championship to get by like it did against Clemson.
OK, so the question has to be asked: Can anyone stop Alabama?
Some of you might laugh at such a question, but after a sloppy offensive showing marked by questionable offensive calls by the all-knowing Lane Kiffin turned into utter domination of No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday, we have to seriously consider if there is a team left in college football that can stop Alabama … that’s not named Alabama.
Right now in college football there are bad teams, mediocre teams, great teams, and Alabama. The Tide are in a class by themselves — not even Ohio State or Michigan can claim to be at their level — and while any team can be beaten any week, it doesn’t feel like that truth applies to Alabama.
Nick Saban has won five National Championships and six SEC titles. He’s coached some of the greatest teams in the history of college football.
This 2016 Crimson Tide looks like the best team Saban has ever coached.
We can debate for the next two weeks whether this is Saban’s best team at Alabama or simply his best defense, we can talk about whether the SEC is down or the Crimson Tide are just that much better than the rest. But what cannot be argued is that after three seasons of Alabama’s dynasty routinely staring at its mortality, an air of inevitability has once again settled over this program.
If and when Alabama loses, it will be because of something unforeseen and, to this point, unimaginable. Because even when Alabama plays poorly or misses opportunities, its margins right now are so big that they’re only one play away completely demoralizing their opponents.