If the media is correct, Alabama and Nick Saban are once again going to be the runaway favorites to win the SEC.
The media overwhelmingly picked the Crimson Tide to win the conference at SEC Media days. Alabama was also well represented on the All-SEC team, as 15 members made the team and a record eight made the first team.
But that talent and experience doesn’t mean Nick Saban won’t have to overcome challanges. He hired Brian Daboll to be Alabama’s offensive coordinator after Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian left in the offseason.
And in Daboll’s first showing, the offense, especially the passing game, looked good. Both Jalen Hurts and 5-star freshman Tua Tagovailoa delivered strong performances, as did freshman wide receiver Jerry Jeudy.
Even with the staff turnover — Mario Cristobal and Billy Napier also moved on — this season looks promising for Saban and Alabama
As for Alabama’s future classes, the Crimson Tide have gotten off to a slow start. For the 2018 recruiting cycle, Alabama has the No. 12 class. But signing day is months away.
Saban has come on top of every SEC Country’s approval rating poll. In the previous edition he had a 97.2 rating. Saban is yet to have rating lower than 97.
Saban also received a three-year contract extension, bumping up his salary to $11 million for the coming season. Alabama opens its season with a huge matchup against Florida State in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta in what might be the greatest Week 1 match up of all-time. It will be the first time Saban faces off with his former protege, Jimbo Fisher of Florida State.
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.