The Alabama Crimson Tide have crushed opponents by an average of about 41 points so far this season, registering 50 points or more in four of those five contests. Head coach Nick Saban has mastered the art of replacing his superstar collegiate athletes with even better players.
For example, Jalen Hurts possesses a 26-2 record as the starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide, however Nick Saban has the luxury of having Tua Tagovailoa as well. This dominance started last season in the College Football Playoff when Saban replaced the struggling Hurts with then-freshman Tagovailoa, who went on to throw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yard bomb to capture their fifth National Championship under Saban.
That already talented Alabama team looked even faster and better with Tagovailoa under center on that monumental stage. As they headed into their fifth game, the Crimson Tide continue to stride away from their competition.
This dominant trend continued with their 56-14 win over University of Louisiana-Lafayette where the Crimson Tide cruised easily to score 28 points in the first quarter alone. Tagovailoa completed all 8 passes and recorded 128 yards as well as two passing touchdowns as he only played the first quarter. Jalen Hurts came on in just the second quarter and did not miss a beat, throwing for over 100 yards also with a touchdown. This game went so smooth for Alabama, third-string quarterback Mac Jones came on to throw the fourth touchdown for the Crimson Tide.
It is a scary thought that Nick Saban has built this team to win now but also to win over time as he has the best quarterback duos in college football. Jalen Hurts, recording 40 passing touchdowns and just 10 interceptions over his two seasons as a starter, can easily be a starter on any other Division-I school but he is just the Alabama backup to Tagovailoa, who has yet to throw an interception this season.
One of the many skills Nick Saban has is replacing his graduating seniors where he has replaced All-American Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was a standout defensive back which allowed him to be drafted 11th overall by the Miami Dolphins. He recorded 110 solo tackles, 16.5 of them for loss behind the line of scrimmage while tallying nine interceptions. Linebacker Rashaan Evans tallied 15 sacks in his Alabama career along with 150 total tackles, which also allowed him to be selected in the first round by the Tennessee Titans. As these two graduated before the 2018 season started, their presence is not missed in the slightest since Saban recruited even better athletes to replace these standouts.
To have a complete of a team such as this, there is only one observation to make. The Alabama Crimson Tide will repeat as 2018-2019 National Champions in the College Football Playoff.