We all knew this day would eventually come, we just didn’t know when.

The Alabama dynasty is over.

Nick Saban has lost a step. Over the last 13 months, the Crimson Tide have lost four games. From 2015 to 2020, Saban lost six games total.

Georgia’s Kirby Smart, Tennessee’s Josh Heupel, Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher, and LSU’s Brian Kelly all got their first win against Saban over the last 13 months.

Bryan Harsin, who was recently fired at Auburn, nearly got a win against Saban last season as well (the Tigers lost in overtime).

Alabama, as a result of their two losses this season, has essentially been eliminated from the College Football Playoff with three weeks remaining in the regular season.

The Bama we’ve seen over the last year isn’t the same dominant Crimson Tide we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. They suddenly look just like every other good but not elite college football team.

Comment from Nick Saban suggests Alabama’s dynasty is over

Everything mentioned above is evidence that the dynasty is over.

The strongest evidence, however, came from a comment that Saban made after Alabama’s loss to LSU this past weekend.

Saban told reporters that Alabama’s goal this season is still within reach.

That goal?

To win 10 games.

“I think everybody needs to check their whole card and what we need to do individually to improve your stock to finish the season the right way,” said Saban after the loss. “As well as have a goal of trying to win 10 games, which I think just about every team we’ve had since (2008) has been able to do that.”

There are three teams in the SEC that have a legitimate chance to win a national championship in 2022 and the Crimson Tide aren’t one of those teams (Georgia, Tennessee, and Ole Miss….LSU even with a win in the SEC Championship game might need some help thanks to their two losses).

I’m not saying Alabama won’t compete for a championship again under Saban. They still have elite talent and great coaches. But the days of Bama being an automatic championship contender are over. The Crimson Tide no longer get the benefit of the doubt.

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