Nick Saban: Latest Shot At Boise Is Lamest Yet

On his weekly radio show on WFFN-FM in Tuscaloosa last night, Nick Saban said of Boise State competing for a national championship:

Nick Saban Dolphins

“It’s the full body of work. It’s not just that you can beat one team, but if you have to beat six or seven other teams and have to play with consistency to do it, I think that goes a long way in saying a lot about what kind of football team that you have. And that’s no disrespect that you have, because they may certainly be able to do the same thing if they were put in that circumstance.”

In an attempt to illustrate his point, Saban noted Alabama’s championship run last year. After the Crimson Tide defeated Virginia Tech in its 2009 opener, Saban said Alabama defeated, “six other teams (during the regular season) that were the caliber of Virginia Tech, or maybe better.

Last season Virginia Tech went 10-3 and blew out Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Hokies beat Nebraska, routed Miami and crushed Boston College.

Here’s Bama’s 2009 schedule:

2009 Alabama Football Schedule

Sooo, where exactly are those six teams on Bama’s 2009 schedule that are the “caliber” of Virginia Tech? (We know Tennessee isn’t, as the Hokies dismantled the Vols in a bowl game.)

Saban’s claim is just plain wrong.

Two seasons ago, BCS Bowl-crasher Utah thoroughly manhandled Saban’s Crimson Tide team in the Sugar Bowl - winning by two touchdowns. The Utes’ solid victory over the Tide was after Alabama had gone 12-0 to start the season only to lose to #1 Florida in the SEC Championship game.

With his misguided criticism of Boise State, perhaps that embarrassing loss to the Utes left a deeper wound on the Crimson Tide coach than was previously thought.

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