In Week 2 of the 2023 season, Nick Saban and Alabama football dropped a game at home to the Texas Longhorns — a game that nearly cost the Crimson Tide their spot in the College Football Playoff. That said, Saban — and many others — know that times have changed, and this Alabama squad is far different than it was back in September.
Alabama football is much better since Texas loss
Alabama football is coming off of a thrilling 27-24 victory over No. 1 Georgia in the SEC title game — a matchup that punched the Tide’s ticket to the College Football Playoff, where they will face off against the now-No. 1 Michigan Wolverines (13-0, 10-0 Big Ten) in the Rose Bowl game.
Right now, Las Vegas has Michigan as a two-point favorite, perhaps because of Alabama’s resume, which includes a few unimpressive wins and a double-digit loss against now-No. 3 Texas.
Nick Saban explains how Bama has developed since Week 2
Still, Nick Saban made sure to note on Sunday that this Alabama football team — the one that beat Georgia and is on a 10-game winning streak — is far different than the one that dropped a game a few months ago.
“We won 10 or 11 games in a row and beat the No. 1 team in the country, so we’re not the same team that we were when we played Texas earlier in the season,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban explained after beating No. 1 Georgia in the SEC title game. “We were kind of in transition at the quarterback position. It was unsettled. I think it affected our team, although Texas had a great team, and I think it deserves every opportunity in terms of their resume and getting in the game.”
Alabama football could get a rematch against Texas in the national title
Perhaps the best bit of news for Alabama football when it comes to the CFP field this year is that they may have a shot at revenge. Two things need to happen for Bama to get a rematch against Texas for the national title: Alabama needs to beat No. 1 Michigan, and Texas needs to beat No. 2 Washington.
If those two things play out, Nick Saban could end narratives and capture yet another national championship for the Tide.