I don’t think Alabama should be in the College Football Playoff.
College football is The Best Sport because every single regular season game means everything. One loss on your resume can cost you a chance to win the national championship, which is what should have happened here. Losing by two scores at home to Texas should have been enough to eliminate the Crimson Tide. So is being tied 3-3 at halftime with South Florida.
Despite the injury to Jordan Travis, the Florida State Seminoles deserved that playoff spot. They beat LSU this season, went undefeated in the ACC, and held the Louisville Cardinals to three points in the conference championship game. It should be them.
But since Bama is here because the games don’t mean anything and the CFP Committee is making it up as they go along, let’s accept the inevitable: Alabama will win the 2024 College Football Playoff. Because in a year that actually had a compelling race for the playoff, of course it’s going to end with the Crimson Tide winning it all. Of course.
By putting Alabama into the playoff, the committee gave Nick Saban an entire month to prep his team for Michigan. Since arriving to Alabama in 2007, Saban is 13-3 in postseason games where he’s had multiple weeks to get his team ready for whatever challenge they will face around New Year’s Day. You give this man this much time to prep for a specific opponent, then no stone will be unturned. They already have answers for Blake Corum. They already have answers for whatever JJ McCarthy will do. They even have answers for the possibility of Alex Orji coming in for a few plays. They even have answers for possible Michigan espionage!
And while this could be considered one of the “weaker” Alabama teams during the Saban era, their strength was their ability to figure out what works with this roster down the stretch. Take quarterback Jalen Milroe, who looked pedestrian against Texas in September and the decision to bench him against USF the following week created a brief crisis. Emphasis on the word brief. He found his footing as the leader of the offense and was able to end the year with the play of the season against Auburn. We were asking where the elite Crimson Tide receivers were on this roster and both Jermaine Burton and Isaiah Bond emerged as dangerous weapons by the end of the year. And in the secondary, both Caleb Downs and Terrion Arnold emerged as First Team All-SEC defensive backs alongside Kool-Aid McKinstry.
So yeah, dread it. Run from it. Destiny arrives all the same and now it’s here. The Crimson Tide will be hoisting the CFP trophy soon. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.