Nick Saban isn’t interested in the praise that’s now being heaped upon his Alabama football team following Saturday’s absolute annihilation of #8 Michigan, 41-14. In fact, the coach claims he doesn’t even understand — yeah, right — why folks are making such a fuss:
“Everyone thought we were too young, too inexperienced, couldn’t handle success. Everybody was saying all those things about our team. Now, people are saying something different. But my question is what’s different? Nothing.
We’re still young, we’re still inexperienced. We’ve still got things to work on. It’s going to be all about the maturity that the team has to be able to focus on what they need to do to correct the deficits that we have whether it’s individually, collectively as a unit in some part of our team, so that we improve as a team.”
Saban doesn’t want his team thinking it’s the bunch that won January’s BCS Championship. He’s made that point all summer and he knows that a bit of complacency hurt the Tide in 2010 after his team won its 2009 crown. Also, his points are valid — Bama is still young and inexperienced in many places.
But after whooping up on the Wolverines in Week One’s biggest game, come on, he’s knows what’s different. His team’s now been seen and it looked every bit as good as last year’s unit.
Does that guarantee another title? Nope. In 2010, Alabama was awfully flying high after crushing #7 Florida at home, 31-6. The next week the Tide lost to South Carolina 35-21. His team went on to lose two more contests.
Football is a week to week venture and as Lou Holtz once said, coaches rarely see the same performance twice from their squads. But Saban knows plenty well what’s changed between last week and this week. The eye test. And to a lot of sets of eyes — including mine — Alabama looks like the best team in the country.