If you’re excited about the quickly approaching 2018 college football national championship and you’re looking for reasons why you should be on the fourth-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1 SU, 6-7 ATS) to claim this season CFP championship, then you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve got five great reasons why you should bet on Nick Saban’s perennially powerful program to claim this season’s national championship. With the start of the 2018 national championship just days away, let’s examine some reasons that could win their fifth title of the Saban era.
Bet Alabama To Win The 2018 National Title Because…
Okay, let’s start with the very best reason why Alabama could win the 2018 national championship. As is the case with every Saban team at Alabama, it all starts with what is once again, another lock-down defense. If you didn’t know, Alabama heads into the national championship ranked first in the nation in total defense (253.5 ypg), third against the pass (160.6 ypg), first against the run (92.8 ypg) and first in points allowed (11.1 ppg). With those kinds of numbers, I certainly wouldn’t expect Georgia to light up the scoreboard the way they did in hanging 54 points on Oklahoma in their double overtime win against the Sooners in their semifinal matchup last weekend.
Cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick was a consensus AP All-American this season that won the prestigious Chuck Bednarik award as the nation’s best defensive player and Jim Thorpe award as the nation’s top defensive back. While linebacker Rashaan Evans earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches of America. While the Tide didn’t have multiple All-Americans like we’ve come to expect almost every year, they were as stingy this season defensively as they ever have been.
2. Underrated Offense
While Alabama’s offense is always overshadowed by their powerful defenses, this season, they were very good and as usual, it starts with their powerful rushing attack. The Crimson Tide ranked 25th in total offense this season (454.7 ypg), 87th in passing (198.9 ypg), a stellar 10th in rushing (255.8 ypg) and encouraging 12th in scoring as they put up 37.9 points per game.
As is always the case under Saban, Alabama has a powerful rushing attack and for the second straight season, its featured the same trio of prolific runners. Running back Damien Harris rushed for a team-high 983 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging a stellar 7.6 yards per carry. Dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts added an eye-opening 808 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry and last but not least, powerful running back Bo Scarborough chipped in 573 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
3. Their Underrated Quarterback
I’m just going to come out and say it. Sophomore signal-caller Jalen Hurts clearly is underrated and doesn’t get the credit he deserves!
Sure, while Hurts passed for a modest 2,125 yards this season, he also tossed 17 TD passes and just one interception which means he clearly doesn’t turn the ball over often. His dual-threat rushing ability makes his as dangerous as any quarterback in the country even if he doesn’t get the national attention of a Baker Mayfield or Josh Rosen. Case in point, Hurts completed an efficient 16 of 24 passes for 120 yards while tossing two touchdown passes and no interceptions in Alabama’s convincing 24-6 semifinal win over Clemson this past weekend, although the Crimson Tide’s defense got the lion’s share of media attention for their dominance.
4. A Wealth of Experience
Alabama is the only team in all of college football to appear in all four College Football Playoffs since its inception. Not only that, but this year marks the Crimson Tide’s third straight in the national championship game. That means that any player on this year’s roster that isn’t a true freshman already has at least one title game of experience under their belt.
5. The Coach
Nick Saban will go down as one of, if not, the, greatest head coach in college football history. Not only did Saban lead LSU to the 2003 national championship, but he’s won four titles at Alabama since taking over in 2007 (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015) and could win five titles at one school faster than any coach in college football history. Saban has compiled a mind-boggling 126-20 record at Alabama while recording one unbeaten season (2009) and five one-loss seasons, including three straight and counting.