Nick Saban remembers Bama’s close escape from the Dogs

sec-logo-For a Georgia fan, it was kind of tough watching Alabama dismantle the myth of the Notre Dame return to glory in the BCS title game, knowing that it should have been the Bulldogs continuing the SEC’s dominance in the national championship.

But the Tide did it in impressive fashion and deserve all the accolades being heaped on them.

If there’s any solace for the Bulldog Nation, it’s in knowing that Mark Richt’s team was a much bigger challenge for Bama than were the Irish.

Indirectly making that point was Alabama’s head coach. In his postgame interview with the “Gameday” gang, Nick Saban was talking about how tough it was for Bama to repeat as BCS champs, and he noted, “Georgia was five yards from being here tonight.”

I’m not generally a Saban fan, but I thought that showed a lot of class. And it was an acknowledgement of just how good the 2012 Dawgs were.

So, for now, we’ll put aside our worries about recruiting against Saban and fretting over the establishment of a new dynasty in Tuscaloosa and revel in a bit of shared SEC pride.

Well done, Tide! And let’s hope we can resume that battle between the conference’s two best teams in the Georgia Dome come December.

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Malinda

January 8th, 2013
10:36 am

AUDAWG

January 8th, 2013
10:38 am

I agree that it was with mixed emotions that I watched the game last night. Even from the start, trying to imagine what emotions I would have been feeling during the national anthem, had I been there to watch the Dawgs. Congrats to Bama. They were the best team in the land. Still wish we would have managed the clock better in the last 45 seconds of the SECC.

RammerJammer

January 8th, 2013
10:38 am

Roll Tide! #15 and 7 in a row for SEC.

I hae to agree with Saban, UGA was a MUCH tougher matchup. Jarvis Jones was FAR better than Mantai T’eo and the SEC Championship was a much more competitive game.

Good luck Dawgs in 2013, glad to see Murray and McCarron returning. Hopefully we’ll you again in Atlanta!

RTR

SEC Domination

January 8th, 2013
10:39 am

The SEC gets so much respect for only one reason.

It wins the national title every year.

In other leagues, winning a conference title is the chief goal. Those Big Ten and Pac-12 teams love to end their season in the Rose Bowl. The best SEC teams only want to end their seasons passing around a crystal football. At Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Florida, anything short of a national title constitutes an abject failure of a season. They’re beginning to feel that way at South Carolina and Texas A&M, too.

When one team wins, the entire league celebrates. That may sound silly, but football simply matters more to people in the South than it does to anyone else. Southerners love knowing they can do their favorite thing better than anyone else, even if another group of Southerners actually does the winning.

At this point, it seems logical that some team would have broken through and snapped the SEC’s string by fielding a singularly dominant team or by winning a fluky BCS title game. But it hasn’t happened. For seven consecutive years, an SEC team has held the crystal football aloft. Except for the year the title game was a dysfunctional family affair, those three letters have reminded the nation who plays football better than anyone else.

S-E-C! S-E-C! S-E-C!

Are you tired of hearing it? Do those three letters twist your guts and drive the bile into your throat? There is one way — and only one way — to make them stop. Go to the BCS title game and beat the SEC.

GeoffDawg

January 8th, 2013
10:39 am

Well said Bill. Saban’s always been complimentary of the state of Georgia. He recruits here, he’s owned a home here, even after the infamous 31-0 halftime game, he said how impressed he was with the way Georgia rebounded in the second half. Something that ND obviously failed to do last night.

82Dawg

January 8th, 2013
10:41 am

Bama earned it, Bama won it, good for them!! Yesterday is history, time to get ready for the 2013 season. Go DAWGS!!

82Dawg

January 8th, 2013
10:43 am

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Goldenrod

January 8th, 2013
10:43 am

PLEASE, the SEC is a JOKE!

USC started the 2012 season as the #1 college football team in the country and Georgia Tech went into El Paso and spanked them up one side and down the other.

Florida State was picked by Herbstreit to be in the National Championship against USC, which shows how much credit and faith ESPN have in the SEC! The ACC will rule in 2013!

LOL at all you Bammer and leghumping rednecks!

dawg4life

January 8th, 2013
10:45 am

Goldenrod is a tard.

ConyersDawg

January 8th, 2013
10:47 am

Hey Goldenrod, don’t you have a tickle pike to attend? The SEC smashes the ACC with regularity, including the Dawgs Running This State!!! 11 out of 12 still hurts doesn’t it!

GeoffDawg

January 8th, 2013
10:51 am

Goldenrod, you’re clearly trolling but it is a good point to make in response that this illustrates what a joke the national media is with their picks and predictions every season. Regardless of all the evidence to the contrary, they’ll always play up the teams from the rust belt.

Bigdawg63

January 8th, 2013
10:53 am

Goldenrod trying to make Tech relevant…Now thats funny. Thanks goldenrod, I needed a good laugh today. Can’t beat middle tennessee state university at home, but win a stupid lack luster game against USC and now wants to talk trash. Whatever………………

Flo- Ri - Duh

January 8th, 2013
11:01 am

UGA ranked behind Notre Dame just shows the prejudice some of these Yankee voters have against the SEC.

Flo- Ri - Duh

January 8th, 2013
11:04 am

I must have missed something – where was Tech ranked? Where was USC ranked? My vote for MOST UNDER ACHIEVING team this year goes to LAME KITTEN and USC. Congrats!

bill arp

January 8th, 2013
11:33 am

If anyone’s going to break the streak, it will be Ohio State. Urban Meyer knows what it takes to win at this level, and he’s already on the prowl recruiting the state of Georgia harder than any other(and succeeding at that!)
He’ll cruise the weak Big 10 for the next few years, as his team will pretty much resemble an SEC team, clobbering the teams up north.

Congrats to Bama. Well done and well deserved.

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MontyP

January 8th, 2013
11:42 am

Observations from last nights game (Alabama Exhibition):

1. Notre Dame is overrated.
2. Urban Meyer was very glad that Ohio State was not playing against Alabama.
3. Brent Musburger is a perverted idiot.
4. Manti-te’o should mail all of his awards to Jarvis Jones.
5. Georgia is almost there!
6. The SEC rules college football.

Strat Cat Dawg

January 8th, 2013
12:16 pm

RammerJammer demonstrates that some Bama fans have class. Congratulations on another great season and we’ll see you again next December.

DawgByte

January 8th, 2013
12:38 pm

MontyP -

I agree with all 6 observations. I’ll a #7:

7. UGA would also have dismantled Notre Dame.

Bonus observation:
AJ’s girlfriend is H-O-T!

Lastly… hats off to Nick Saban. Love’em or hate’m, the man can coach. It’s hard not to respect someone so dedicated to his job. If he decided he had done all he could at Bama and wanted to come to Georgia, I’d greet him at the airport!

UA Grad

January 8th, 2013
12:42 pm

Good article, Bill…….I’m still reeling from Brent Musburger’s comments. Do you think he has a bigger crush on AJ’s mom and girlfriend or Notre Dame?

BTW, MontyP, you are correct. Te’o is probably the third best linebacker on Ga’s team. Jones was head and shoulders above him in every category.

The injustice of 1966 & 1977 were corrected last night.
RTR

swimdawg68

January 8th, 2013
12:42 pm

Thanks ‘Bama made a real nice chunck of money last night betting on ‘Bama and giving ND 9 points. I knew a team (ND) that took 3 overtimes to beat Pitt could not stay on the same field with ‘Bama. ‘Ole Miss destroyed Pitt in their bowl. Only the idiot sports writers tried to build up ND and make them something they are not. That linebacker ND had couldn’t hold Jarvis Jones’ jock strap. He would have been just a good linebacker if he had played in the SEC and no superstar.

Hopefully (even Musberger) will understand that football in the south and especially the SEC just dominates the other conferences up north and out west.

Bob in Buford

January 8th, 2013
12:57 pm

I wish the trade school would win a few games so they would have their own web site to follow. Go Dawgs!

Taco Meat

January 8th, 2013
1:18 pm

Well said, Bill.

On another note, Goldenrod you are an idiot. The ACC hasn’t been relevent for at least 10 years. Tech will continue to take the same pounding every year and FSU will continue to disappoint every year. The only hope for that conference is the fact that Bridgewater and Louisville will put them back into the national spotlight next year. Clemson will lose to Georgia in the first game of the year..

I agree with everyone who has brought up these “final rankings”. What a complete joke they are. Clearly the top 5 should be 1.) Bama, 2.) UGA, 3.) Oregon, 4.) TAMU, 5.) Ohio State.

TN Dawg

January 8th, 2013
1:34 pm

GeoggDawg, agree with your comments, the national media is clearly sick of seeing the SEC dominate. Very interested to see what last night’s rating look like for the title game. Herbstreit just couldn’t bring himself to expound on SEC control of the national title during the broadcast last night. He lives in Tennessee and he knows it is true.
Hope the Dawgs get there one day.
Overall, the league was probably not as good top to bottom ths year as in previous years but I believe it will be tougher to win the conference next year. I think a 2 lost team might win next years SECCG.
I am a Dawg fan living in TN – it is hard to say but congrats to the Tide and “Roll Tide Roll!!”
Go Dawgs!

Desert Fox

January 8th, 2013
1:37 pm

Man”size” Te’o is a white elephant and couldn’t hold JJ’s jock. He was made great by the media and a soft schedule. He’ll have limited impact in the pro’s.

What Saban has forgotten about getting to the NC, CMR hasn’t learned yet. Saban wins NC’s and it pays dividends in recruiting. He won the NC again and also will win over the best GA HS players and those in neighboring states as well. The AL lure is hard to compete against. They get the best players at all positions and make them stronger and better than any school in the land. You have to admire them and try to duplicate their methods in order to compete w/them. The dawgs were close this year but it was painfully obvious (as ND defense discovered) the AL OLmen will wear down any Def in the country and their two RB’s are almost unstoppable. The way Lacy waited for his line to open holes then take off for huge gains makes one envious. Still have hope for the dawgs to get to that level where they won’t fall 5 yards short.

McDawg

January 8th, 2013
1:47 pm

Bama OL simply took the defenders in the direction they were gong and the RBs were patient enough to find the gaps-did the samething to UGA in the 2nd half

also McCarron is becoming quite an obnoxious dude

McDawg

January 8th, 2013
1:51 pm

Te’O looked like he lost about 15lbs during the layoff–clearly not in top form

El Paso Jewelry, Pawn,Tatoo, & Piercings

January 8th, 2013
1:54 pm

Goldenrod, Congrats on beating USC, even if it did take a 2nd string QB and a 30 mph wind. Also, your rings are ready.

SC Dawg

January 8th, 2013
2:09 pm

I would love to play Bama in the SEC championship game next year. Bama does lose their O-Line so maybe we could get them. Great game last night Tide.

Marshdog

January 8th, 2013
2:50 pm

Damn Good 2012 Dawgs, and Damn Good Writer. Well said!!

DocDawg

January 8th, 2013
3:40 pm

Whats with Mccaron and his center? QB acting like an idiot with one of the best OL in CF looked embarassing, even his squeeze looked uncomfortable with the antics, at least Murray shows class on the field and doesn`t berate team mates. Saban got in on the rant as well, looked like 2 sugared up 4 year olds, Who cares though? Bama looked good, ND highly overrated as most of us believed all season, SEC clearly top dog, Ga right in the hunt! every team loses key players, AL possibly more than almost every other top team, 3/5 of line and key D players gone, probably Lacey as well, will be an interesting season next year, can`t wait!

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 8th, 2013
5:58 pm

What is next.

whiskey breath

January 8th, 2013
7:04 pm

I don’t blame you Bill for not liking Saban. Anybody that comes in my backyard
and kicks my team’s backside, is a real jerk.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 8th, 2013
7:10 pm

DocDwag…..c’mon man is that all you can find on AJ? AJ made a call and Barrett Jones made another call and they disagreed. That is what the desire for perfection looks like. Maybe Murray should berate his teammates when they are doing their job perfect. You can’t argue with Saban’s, McCarron’s or Jones’ results over their last 3 years together.

whiskey breath

January 8th, 2013
7:13 pm

Are you Ga people getting sick of seeing that Flo- Ri – Duh as I am? You may hate me, but damn,
that stupid name is not funny anymore. Couple that with him being a duh…..

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 8th, 2013
7:29 pm

“knowing that it should have been the Bulldogs continuing the SEC’s dominance in the national championship.”

Where did this KNOWING come from? The SC v UGa game was as bad as the Bama v ND game so WHY should UGa have been playing last night?

I don’t think UGa or Texas A&M would want any part of Bama last night with a Month to prepare. When the Playoff starts and the games are closer to the end of the season it will be a better judge of how good the teams are. The Bowl games a month after the season allows too much time to pass and for teams to lose their focus and rhythm sometimes.

Still think people have to root against other SEC teams because if they are good then it hurts in recruiting the same players. I m pretty sure last night just secured Norcross’ A. KMARA to BAMA. The way Saban played both running backs will get Kamara to sign whit the Tide over the Dawgs I believe.

Thank God for Reggie Ball

January 8th, 2013
8:07 pm

Is Eddie Lacy better than Trent Richardson? just curious what you guys think.

wise willie

January 8th, 2013
8:18 pm

Please tell me why complimenting a beautiful woman on national tv is wrong? We have become an upside down nation where right is now wrong and wrong is right. We say nothing about two men kissing each other but criticize Brent Musberger for a harmless complimentary statement about a Bama beauty, and how QB’s get all the fine ladies. Are you kiddin me?

01HAWK

January 8th, 2013
10:06 pm

wise willie

January 8th, 2013
8:18 pm

I also do not see anything wrong with MUSBERGER’S comments. ESPM overreacted.

Resident Georgia Fan

January 8th, 2013
10:06 pm

Te’o is actually Tailhole cause he stinks and stole a lot of hardware that belongs to Jarvis Jones. Screw the Yankee media.

PT

January 8th, 2013
10:18 pm

Thanks to ESPN and the BCS we witnessed the biggest debacle ever. Notre Dame is a .500 team at best in the SEC. People were lead to believe this was a epic match up just to bring in the big $.

AFD

January 9th, 2013
1:10 am

Coach Saban was being magnanimous towards Georgia (and perhaps trying to inflate UGA’s coaches/players minds)….note that Bama was also 2 yds away from being undefeated (A.J. McCarron threw an INT on the goalline in Bama’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M).

Fwiw, Georgia has more than just 5 yards to gain ground on Alabama. Consider that:

– Bama had more recruited scholarship players than Georgia on its roster (i.e., Bama had 80 recruited scholarship players to start the season; UGA had 67 recruited scholarship players to start the season [would have been 68 but Kolton Houston was ruled ineligible by the NCAA])

— Bama signed 135 players (avg. 27 players/yr) the last 5 years (2008-2012) while Georgia signed 108 (avg. 21.6 players/yr); bottom-line: Bama had more recruited scholarship players to cull from and hedge against attrition

- Bama had more talent than Georgia (i.e., Bama avg. 3.83 stars per scholarship player; UGA avg. 3.62 stars per scholarship player)

- Bama had a better offense than Georgia (i.e., Bama had the nation’s #12 scoring offense (38.71 ppg); Georgia had the nation’s #19 scoring offense (37.8 ppg))

— Bama had a better offensive line than Georgia (i.e., Bama’s starting OL featured 3 All-Americans [2 First Team, 1 Second Team]; Georgia’s OL didn’t have any All-Americans or All SEC players)

- Bama had a better defense than Georgia (i.e., Bama had the nation’s #1 scoring defense (10.93 ppg) and #1 total defense (250 ypg); Georgia had the nation’s #18 scoring defense (19.64 ppg) and #32 total defense (357.8 ypg))

- Bama had better Special Teams than Georgia (i.e., Bama’s Net Punting (ranked #17), Punt Returns (ranked #44), Kickoff Returns (ranked #22)….Bama also held opponents to 6.5 yds per punt return; Georgia’s Net Punting (ranked #56), Punt Returns (ranked #74), Kickoff Returns (ranked #55)….while Georgia held opponents to 11.14 yds per punt return; additionally, Bama’s placekicker was 11 for 11 on FGs (100%) and 69 of 69 on PATs (100%) while UGA’s placekicker was 8 of 14 on FGs (57.1%) and 63 of 67 on PATs (94%))

- Bama is a more disciplined team than Georgia (i.e., Bama has been the least penalized team in FBS the last 5 years (in 2012, Bama was penalized 104 times for 903 yds; in 2012, Georgia was penalized 186 times for 1,448 yds; thus Georgia provided its opponents 545 more yds this season than did Alabama [who played 1 more game than UGA]))

- Bama spends more money on its football program than Georgia (i.e., Bama spent $36.9 million on its football program in 2011-‘12 while Georgia spent $22.7 million; in other words, Georgia spent $14.2 million less on its football program than did Bama…or if you prefer, Bama spent 62.6% more on its football program than Georgia did)

- Bama employs a bigger Football Staff than Georgia (i.e., Bama employs at least 7 Football Analysts (in June 2012 they had 9, including a Special Teams Football Analyst, per an al.com article) while Georgia employs none)

- Bama had more recruited scholarship players than Georgia on its roster (i.e., Bama had 80 recruited scholarship players to start the season; UGA had 67 recruited scholarship players to start the season [would have been 68 but Kolton Houston was ruled ineligible by the NCAA])

— Bama signed 135 players (avg. 27 players/yr) the last 5 years (2008-2012) while Georgia signed 108 (avg. 21.6 players/yr); bottom-line: Bama had more recruited scholarship players to cull from and hedge against attrition

- Bama had more talent than Georgia (i.e., Bama avg. 3.83 stars per scholarship player; UGA avg. 3.62 stars per scholarship player)

- Bama had a better offense than Georgia (i.e., Bama had the nation’s #12 scoring offense (38.71 ppg); Georgia had the nation’s #19 scoring offense (37.8 ppg))

— Bama had a better offensive line than Georgia (i.e., Bama’s starting OL featured 3 All-Americans [2 First Team, 1 Second Team]; Georgia’s OL didn’t have any All-Americans or All SEC players)

- Bama had a better defense than Georgia (i.e., Bama had the nation’s #1 scoring defense (10.93 ppg) and #1 total defense (250 ypg); Georgia had the nation’s #18 scoring defense (19.64 ppg) and #32 total defense (357.8 ypg))

- Bama had better Special Teams than Georgia (i.e., Bama’s Net Punting (ranked #17), Punt Returns (ranked #44), Kickoff Returns (ranked #22)….Bama also held opponents to 6.5 yds per punt return; Georgia’s Net Punting (ranked #56), Punt Returns (ranked #74), Kickoff Returns (ranked #55)….while Georgia held opponents to 11.14 yds per punt return; additionally, Bama’s placekicker was 11 for 11 on FGs (100%) and 69 of 69 on PATs (100%) while UGA’s placekicker was 8 of 14 on FGs (57.1%) and 63 of 67 on PATs (94%))

- Bama is a more disciplined team than Georgia (i.e., Bama has been the least penalized team in FBS the last 5 years (in 2012, Bama was penalized 104 times for 903 yds; in 2012, Georgia was penalized 186 times for 1,448 yds; thus Georgia provided its opponents 545 more yds this season than did Alabama [who played 1 more game than UGA]))

- Bama spends more money on its football program than Georgia (i.e., Bama spent $36.9 million on its football program in 2011-‘12 while Georgia spent $22.7 million; in other words, Georgia spent $14.2 million less on its football program than did Bama…or if you prefer, Bama spent 62.6% more on its football program than Georgia did)

- Bama employs a bigger Football Staff than Georgia (i.e., Bama employs at least 7 Football Analysts (in June 2012 they had 9, including a Special Teams Football Analyst, per an al.com article) while Georgia employs none)

coUGArdawg

January 9th, 2013
6:31 am

AFD…are you one of the 7 analysts?

Mobile Dawg

January 9th, 2013
9:18 am

I have to agree with AFD, we made great strides in 2012, but, we were still “totally” unprepared for the South Carolina game. Those performances are reminiscent of the failures we’ve seen the last few years under Mark Richt. They will continue to haunt me. Richt as a coach doesn’t come close to matching up with Nick Saban, sorry folks, if you can’t see and accept that then your just being naive. Great year for the Dawgs leave out the USC game, but we still have a ways to go to be the “program” Alabama is.

Orlando Dawg

January 9th, 2013
9:42 am

AFD, can you quote the jock sizes of all UA players? GAWD! is there anything else in Alabama? Do you guys have a life? Duh!

WDE

January 9th, 2013
11:05 am

AFD makes you wonder with all those advantages how did the Tide manage to get beat everywhere but the scoreboard by LSU? How did they manage to get beat by a first year SEC school with a true freshman QB at the controls? And how did it come down to the last play of the game to win vs a team that Bama so outclassed in all phases of the game…no my friend Bama is a great team but the ain’t all that with a bag of chips…the are the lead dog at the moment but the rest of the pack is coming. 2013 will be a wild ride..just like always in the SEC.Congrats on the NC well deserved.

old man

January 9th, 2013
12:36 pm

AFD, what the hell is your point? We don’t need your boring, long winded rant to understand that UA’s football team is better than UGA’s football team, at least for now. What you fail to understand is that the gap between the 2 programs is not that great and will continue to shrink over time. If you don’t believe it, just ask your head coach.

Snoop Dawgg

January 9th, 2013
12:44 pm

UGA won’t win the ring as ong as Richt is the coach…. That is Georgia’s weak link

It’s the coaching, stupid…

Independent

January 9th, 2013
1:14 pm

Once again, UGA fans you only remeber coming up 5 yards short against Alabama. You gave Bama a good game, and Saban recognized that, now lets go ask Spurrier he thinks Georgia was a great team. Becasue somehow you have forgot about the 35-7 defeat at his hands.

Independent

January 9th, 2013
1:51 pm

SEC Domination: you only celebrate Bama, Florida, LSU and Auburn national champioships because you haven’t / can’t win them yourselves…..You really think Bama was celebrating Auburns National Championship? LSU celebrating Bama’s National Champioship? No they don’t. You celebrate others becasue that is the only thing for UGA to celebrate