HOOVER, Ala. – Alabama coach Nick Saban talked about parity in the SEC and about how he appreciates the media Wednesday at SEC Media Days. Despite his historic disdain for the press, the media part was easier to believe.
When it comes to “parity” in the SEC, perhaps Saban was alluding to everyone else in the league because there is no “parity” when Alabama is involved.
The Tide has lost eight league games in the past nine seasons and won five SEC titles in that span, including three in a row. The second-fewest league losses in the past nine seasons? Florida, with 23. Georgia and LSU are tied with 25. Everyone else has lost at least 30 league games.
Uhhh, that’s not parity.
When it comes to the East Division race or who finishes second in the West, yes, there has been parity. But when it comes to the question about the league’s big dog, there is none.
It should be more of the same this season, not matter what Saban says.
“I think this is going to be one of the youngest teams that we’ve had probably since maybe 2012, especially on defense, where we lost a ton of really, really good players,” Saban said.
But no one should get their hopes up. Alabama has a returning starter at quarterback for the first time since 2013 (A.J. McCarron), and an enviable group of running backs (the sixth-team tailback is a former five-star recruit). The offensive line should be one of the best in the league, and Calvin Ridley is one of the best wide receivers in the nation.
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The returning starter at quarterback is Jalen Hurts, who was the SEC’s offensive player of the year last season as a true freshman. Saban said Hurts “has done a good job in the offseason of becoming a better passer, understanding the passing game better.”
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