In August, some called Nick Saban overrated. But he’s proven that he’s far from it to start the 2017 season.
Saban and the Crimson Tide dominated Florida State in a 24-7 win as Saban bested another one of his former assistants in Jimbo Fisher.
But that talent and experience doesn’t mean Saban won’t have to overcome challenges. He hired Brian Daboll to be Alabama’s offensive coordinator after Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian left in the offseason.
The offense didn’t shine against Florida State, but it did just enough to win the game. Sophomore QB Jalen Hurts has started both games, but freshman Tua Tagovailoa saw action against Fresno State.
Even with the staff turnover — tight ends coach Mario Cristobal and wide receivers coach Billy Napier also moved on — this season looks promising for Saban and Alabama, given the way the defense has performed.
As for Alabama’s future classes, the Crimson Tide have started slowly. For the 2018 recruiting cycle, Alabama has the No. 10 class in the SEC and the No. 28 class in the country.
Saban has come on top of every SEC Country approval rating poll. In the previous edition, he had a 97.3 rating. Saban is yet to have a rating lower than 97 and has been No. 1 in each month.
Saban also received a three-year contract extension, bumping his salary to $11 million for the coming season. The Crimson Tide are the No. 1-ranked team in the country in both polls. Alabama takes on Colorado State this Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Vote on Nick Saban’s approval rating
The SEC Country approval rating poll is designed to give an indication of fan happiness over a period of time.
Our formula is based on the percentage of respondents that select each answer. We multiply that percentage by the following factors: 1 (strongly approve), 0.67 (approve), 0.33 (disapprove) and 0.0 (strongly disapprove). In other words, if 50 percent of respondents select “strongly approve” and 50 percent select “approve,” the formula would be (50 x 1) + (50 x 0.67) = 83.5% approval rating.