When it comes to predicting out a season beforehand, never mind in May, there are two very important considerations regarding the University of Alabama football team under Nick Saban:
- Even though he’s won four national championships, Saban has only had one team finish with a perfect record (2009).
- Despite that, Alabama has been favored in 54 consecutive games.
The last time Alabama was considered an underdog was the 2009 SEC Championship, when it faced Urban Meyer and Tim Tebow at Florida. That was three titles ago, never mind being part of a different decade.
Overall, Alabama’s record since 2008 is 72-9.
Nevertheless, the Crimson Tide lost their last two games of the 2013-14 season: at rival Auburn and then against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl, where they committed four turnovers that resulted in 28 points for the Sooners, who pulled out the 45-31 victory.
“We created a lot of the adversity that we faced ourselves in some of the things that we did and didn’t do,” Nick Saban said after the game.
“We didn’t play very well on defense in the first half. We didn’t play very well on third down. We didn’t get off the field in 3rd-and-long three or four times in the game, which were critical factors in the game,” he continued.
Anyone want to bet against Saban now? Alabama is already considered a huge favorite for the season opener against West Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Aug. 30.
Perhaps the better question is which game is Alabama most likely to lose in 2014-15?