Oh, how the College Football Championship Committee members are wringing their hands to find the four most worthy teams.
They fret over how many Big Ten teams to put in there. Penn State beat Ohio State head to head. Wisconsin has quite an impressive portfolio.
The Atlantic Coast Conference has Clemson as one team the committee deems worthy. Washington seems to be the best team in the Pac-12.
I’m here to help. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Call the engraver and have him print “Alabama’’ on the national championship trophy.
That’s A-L-A-B-A-M-A. Unbeaten. Better than any other college football team this season. Not even close.
Not only did Alabama prove it can beat teams in every phase of the game, they have the best coach in college football in Nick Saban.
“Obviously, you’re not going to beat anybody giving them the ball four times, especially a team like Nick has put together, which in my opinion is the best team top to bottom that he’s had since he’s been there’’ said Florida Coach Jim McElwain.
“I don’t see a lot of weaknesses, even in the depth. And the thing I see is they’re built a little different. I think overall just the overall team speed is different. There aren’t a lot of teams that can run even with us. … They’ve really accumulated a lot of speed at some spots where they were always big.’’
Saban pulled out all the stops on an outmanned Florida team that won the East division. Tennessee’s team should be happy they flopped down the stretch. They could have put together a team of East division’s best players to challenge Alabama and they would go home with their tails dragging.
Florida took the first lead with a touchdown. Their day was done, whether they realized it or not.
It ended up 54-16. It could have been worse. It sealed their third straight SEC championship.
The late, great Bear Bryant has long been the staple of college football, especially Alabama football. Nick Saban is a better football coach than Bryant even if they coached in different eras. It’s more difficult now to do what Saban has done, to go where no coach has been before.
I remember when Alabama hired Saban to pull Alabama’s team up by their bootstraps. They had been ridiculed and run over.
They paid Saban a King’s ransom. The salary was way above that they were paying SEC head coaches.
Saban has risen to the highest paid coach in the sport.
He’s worth every dime. He has made Alabama a household name. His recruiting classes flourish under Saban. The best high school players in the country want to wear the Crimson.
Roll Tide? Better believe it. It was 47-16 with 9:15 remaining in the game. The Gator chomp had been silenced for hours. It was the most points scored by a team since 2000 and they weren’t through. They had another touchdown to post on the scoreboard before an avalanche of confetti fell from the Georgia Dome ceiling.
Saban has set the gold standard, not only in the SEC but college football. How much longer will he coach at this level? That’s up to him. I don’t think he will ever go to another college football team, no matter how rich it could make him.
His team was tabbed a 24-point favorite over the Gators. They won by 38 points. It was 33-16 at halftime, the most points scored in a half in the championship game.
So bring ‘em all on, selection committee. Be sure you get the best teams.
And keep that engraver’s cellphone number close by.
Joe Biddle is a wkrn.com sports columnist. He is also a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.