Another year, another season with Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide on top of the college football world.
Alabama is once again the No. 1 team in the country and has dominated just about every opponent it has faced so far, with only Texas A&M playing Alabama to single digits.
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.
Jalen Hurts still might not be a dynamic passer, but he limits mistakes, and Damien Harris has emerged as a bonafide star at the running back position.
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. 9 class in the SEC and the No. 24 class in the country. But a number of Alabama’s top targets have yet to make a decision.
Saban has come on top of every SEC Country approval rating poll. In the September edition, he had a 97.4 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. Alabama is off this week as it prepares for LSU.
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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.