The Alabama Crimson Tide took care of business on Saturday, defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game and earning themselves yet another SEC title. The win also assured them a spot in the College Football Playoff. Given their overall record and all the other bona fides they brought with them, they ended up exactly where they usually end up, as the No. 1 seed in the CFP.

Their opponent in the CFP semifinals will be the Cincinnati Bearcats, the first Group of Five team to make it to the playoffs since its inception in 2015. While the Bearcats finished undefeated and boast a win over Notre Dame, who finished No. 5 in the CFP rankings, plenty of people are assuming that they don’t belong there and that Alabama is going to run wild on them.

Don’t count Nick Saban among them, given his initial comments following the announcement.

While Nick meant well, he did give some folks something fun to play with when, amongst the “good” teams he said Cincinnati defeated, he included Indiana.

We’re guessing Nick hasn’t been paying attention to Indiana too much this season and just remembers they went 8-5 in 2019 and 6-2 in the truncated 2020 season.

Regardless, Nick Saban is expecting a good game from Luke Fickell’s bunch and, given the negative criticisms his Bama team has endured this year for not blowing out opponents, he’s gotta be pretty happy to be atop the heap once more.

 

About Sean Keeley

Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.