There’s never a good time to face a Nick Saban-led team. But it may be even worse to face the Alabama coach in the opening week of the season.
Saban led the Crimson Tide to a 24-7 win over Florida State on Saturday in the season opener at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. And according to analyst Shannon Sharpe of FS1’s “Undisputed,” every team would lose to Alabama in Week 1 of the season.
“If you play St. Nick on opening day, you’re taking the ‘L,'” Sharpe said on Tuesday’s show.
Sharpe was most impressed with the difficulty of Alabama’s opening matchup, as compared to some of the other top teams around the nation. The No. 1 Crimson Tide beat the No. 3 Seminoles in a week that many teams play lesser opponents.
“Clemson looked good, but they played Kent State. Penn State looked good, but look who they played,” Sharpe said. “Ohio State played [Indiana]. Really? Florida? I could play quarterback for them right now. [Alabama] played the No. 3 team in the country on a neutral field.”
Sharpe also praised the Crimson Tide’s defense, which allowed zero points in the second half of the victory.
“This is the 37th time since [Saban’s] been there they’ve shut out an opponent in the second half,” Sharpe told co-host Skip Bayless. “You know what a shutout means? That’s no points. Not even a field goal, Skip.”
The full segment can be watched below:
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 5, 2017
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