That disturbance in the force you felt late Saturday night was the reverb from Alabama’s road win at Arkansas.
Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have done it again. By clearing the Razorbacks’ hurdle, and with relative ease (49-30), the Grinch is in position to steal college football’s Christmas. Again.
Yeah, yeah, the Tide could still stumble in that rough-and-tumble SEC West, but as we’ve learned before it doesn’t matter. Alabama’s allowed to lose because it’s Alabama.
Even Duke and North Carolina’s basketball teams marvel at how much credit Alabama gets for simply being Alabama.
It’s really not enough to have the best coach and the most talent. Every loss can be excused or overlooked.
So just brace yourself. Saban’s crew is going to win the SEC West and then beat some poor ol’ SEC East team (poor only when they lose to their ACC rivals but world-beaters at all other times) in the conference championship in Atlanta and then be in the College Football Playoff for the third straight year.
For good measure, the Tide will be the No. 1 seed and draw Pac-12 champion Washington, while Ohio State and Clemson beat the pulp out of each other.
So there you go. I hope you’re happy Rammer Jammers, you’ve finally broken my will. Saban’s the best, even better than the Bear. Everyone else is just here for second place.
There’s not even a point to loading a secret message into an R2 droid and delivering to Dabo or Urban. Is there?
A weekly review of who’s trending:
↑ Virginia Tech: Crazy, there’s still six ACC games left, but the only thing in Virginia Tech’s way of the Coastal Division title is Virginia Tech. There’s no Clemson, no Louisville and no Florida State. After a 34-3 domination of North Carolina, the rest of the division is playing catch-up to the Hokies. Just like old times.
↑ Michigan: Hopefully AP voters will appreciate greatness when they see it. The Wolverines notched another big win off their treacherous schedule with a 78-0 squeaker at Rutgers.
Can’t wait for Jim Harbaugh’s satellite camp on sportsmanship.
↓ East Carolina: Since beating N.C. State on Sept. 10, the Pirates have lost to South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Central Florida and South Florida.
If you’re trying to prove beating the Wolfpack, or UNC, is not your “Super Bowl,” this is not the way to do it, Pirates.
↓ Houston: Ah, Coogs, what happened? Either the “Great Tom Herman Distraction” of ’16 caught up to them or Navy is just better. Either way, the Cougars’ playoff hopes are gone. Their coach is probably next.