For six consecutive seasons, Alabama’s Crimson Tide has seemed unstoppable. The team held a spot in the final four of the college football playoffs for those years. Could this year possibly go any differently? It seems so. Even though the high-profile team has continued to play competitively with the help of a great coach, you can’t expect them to win year after year without taking a big hit once in a while.
Rob Mullens, chair of the selection committee, said, “The committee’s job is to enter the room with a blank sheet of paper, meaning we start with an open mind as we consider the strengths and weaknesses of every team, from opening day through this past Saturday. Nothing else matters.”
But the opinions that are subsequently formed in that room are beginning to tell a tale: and that tale is about Alabama’s fall from the top.
Coach Nick Saban said, “We don’t really control our own destiny, but if we finish the season the right way, we can see where it takes us. We’ve been in this situation before…We don’t want to waste a failure. There’s a lot of lessons to be learned from things that we did and didn’t do today. I think that everybody has got to make a commitment to finish the season the right way.”
And it’s the truth: Alabama was last in a similar standing back in 2015. The team hovered in position number two, but only after losing out to Ole Miss. They still managed to push forward until they came out near enough on top, but for a while there it looked like fans were losing hope (and for good reason).
What can Alabama do to turn things around this time? It won’t be easy. First, we need to keep an open mind about what the team can achieve with fans behind them. Baylor and Minnesota need to start losing games. If they do, then Alabama’s future wins will mean a lot more.
But this is college football, not professional football. Crazy things happen every week — and that’s why we love the sport and the influence of its players so very much. You never really know what to expect from the next game.
Coach Saban seems to know that it won’t do any good looking too far ahead into the future. He takes the team’s losses to heart, and tries to learn how not to make the same mistakes the next time around. And what else can they do right now but hope they improve? The end of this season is already in sight!