Nick Saban has always been ornery, but leading up to the 2015 season, he seems even more perturbed than normal. Maybe it’s the unauthorized biography on him that came out this summer. Or that he got clown-suited by Tosh.0. Maybe it’s that his favored Tide were beaten in the semifinals of the playoffs last season.
Saban lost seven players to the 2015 NFL draft, the Tide are unsure at the QB position heading into Week 1 – yes, Alabama listed five QBs sharing the No. 1 spot on the depth chart – and the schedule is challenging, with trips to Georgia, Texas A&M and Auburn. And don’t sleep on Wisconsin this weekend!
Few are picking Alabama to return to the 4-team playoff, but given its recent history of dominance, it’s no surprise that the Tide are +1000 to win the title (2nd only to Ohio State’s +250).
But ahead of the season, I wonder how the media in the South will take this observation from Football Scoop’s Scott Roussel:
Nick Saban turns 64 on Halloween. I’m not sure if any really attractive college football openings will be available come December – Miami? – but can you imagine a scenario where Nick Saban is available and Chip Kelly throws in the towel if the Eagles stink? I don’t think either will happen, but it’d sure make for a thrilling December and January.