Nick Saban has to be excited about his team playing the Ole Ball Coach and his South Carolina Gamecocks this week for Homecoming.
It is the perfect scenario for Saban and his coaching staff.
Homecoming week is typically filled with tons of off-field distractions, and usually this leads to teams playing whichever high school is available at the time. However for a team like this year’s Alabama team, the No. 22 Gamecocks are a much better date.
This Alabama team is about bettering themselves every week, playing to be the best, and staying focused. That mentality is better suited to have a ranked conference opponent as a homecoming date instead of an FCS opponent.
For more reasons than just staying focused, having a Steve Spurrier team to play for homecoming is a very good thing.
Steve may not be the same guy that was funning and gunning his way through the SEC in the '90s, but he still garners national attention. His South Carolina team is more than capable of pulling the upset if Alabama takes them lightly, and everyone is well aware of this.
More importantly, this game is a recruiting dream come true. To have a nationally televised game for homecoming will be an atmosphere like none other.
John Fulton is the only big uncommitted recruit coming this week, but he is still enough to make this a recruiting dream. To have a top-level recruit on campus for homecoming to witness Alabama destroy a ranked South Carolina team that is Alabama's only real competition for his signature has to make Nick smile.
Every game day atmosphere across the SEC is special, but homecoming at Tuscaloosa is a whole different animal. Joe Namath, Ozzie Newsome, Leroy Jordan, Bart Starr, and Gene Stallings are all regulars on homecoming week. Imagine having that lineup to show off to recruits and a nationally televised audience.
This will be a special game for Alabama as it still fights for recognition and to come out of the shadow of Florida, so to have Steve Spurrier as your date who can still turn some heads and draw you attention is the hottest date in town.
So stay focused, Crimson Tide, and play a complete game—Steve is one date that you don't want to get lucky!