University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban isn’t worried by the two-year national championship drought that the SEC is currently experiencing. In fact, Saban believes the league that won seven national titles in a row is just as strong as it’s ever been.
In a story published by AL.com, Saban said the following:
“I think (the SEC West) was pretty tough last year. I expect it to be really tough this year. But it’s a whole lot different when you play in a league where you have to play week in and week out and you have to play really strong competition, whether it’s in the East or the West, because I think there’s some really good teams in the East, too. So you play this kind of schedule throughout the year, then you play in an SEC Championship game and then you’ve got to go play in a playoff.”
Saban, who has never been shy about expressing his opinion, also believes that winning an SEC title is not an accomplishment to be ignored, even though there may be a bigger prize still lurking afterward.
“Well, I think that makes it even more difficult because of the quality of opponents in our league,” he said. “And if you look at it from top to bottom, and that’s how you’re going to evaluate a league, I think the league is in better shape than it’s ever been from a football standpoint because there’s more really good teams. Now if you use the barometer that winning a championship is the only barometer for the league, then I guess you would have an argument against that.”
Alabama won the SEC title last year before falling to eventual national champion Ohio State in the semifinals of the first College Football Playoff.
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