Alabama coach Nick Saban went on an epic rant this week about the media underestimating FCS schools like Charleston Southern, the Crimson Tide’s opponent Saturday in its final home game of the season.
“You all may be taking the week off this week but I’m not,” Saban said during a news conference. “And a lot of people take a lot of things for granted and I get asked questions like, ‘How important is it for the young guys to get to play this week?’ Well, how in the hell do you know they’re going to get to play? … because you’re assuming that the other team is not very good?”
After praising the Buccaneers (9-1), Saban then referenced a 2011 game against Georgia Southern, which rushed for 302 yards in a 42-21 loss to Alabama, which allowed only 72.2 rushing yards per game that season en route to winning the national title.
“I don’t think we had a guy on that field that didn’t play in the NFL and about four or five of them were first-round draft picks. And I think that team won a national championship, but I’m not sure,” Saban said before dropping the money quote, “And they run through our ass like (expletive) through a tin horn, man.
“And we could not stop them. Could not stop them. Could not stop them. … And everybody said the same thing in that game. Y’all took a week off. This wasn’t important, so it’s not important to anybody else. It’s got to be important to the players and it’s got to be important to us. … You can’t assume anything.
“I don’t even know what you asked me, but I just wanted to say that.”
As the next reporter started to ask a question, Saban cracked, “You sure you want to ask?”
Saban, who apologized for his outburst Friday on his weekly radio show, might not have been blowing smoke when he played up Charleston Southern. The Tide, No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, is favored by only 20½ points in the game, a line that Buccaneers coach Jamey Chadwell scoffed at for being too low.
Appearing on the Paul Finebaum Show on ESPN Radio, Chadwell jokingly offered to “put in” part of Auburn’s playbook to help Alabama prepare for the Iron Bowl and said a spread of 50 points probably wouldn’t be high enough for Saturday’s 1 p.m. (PT) game. He even joked that he might wager on the Tide to roll.
“We know how good they are. We can play our very best, Alabama could play their absolute worst, and probably still not be close. We understand that,” Chadwell said. “I’m surprised it’s that low, to be honest with you. I might even take that bet.”
If you want to wager on the game, head to the Westgate or the Stratosphere as those are the only two Las Vegas sports books taking action on it.
Georgia Southern already has cashed in on Saban’s rant by selling “Tin Horn” and “We Could Not Stop Them” shirts at the university store.