Three-Point Stance: Saturday Shine and Shame, Nick Saban
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s thought-provoking Three-Point Stance is here with Saturday Shine and Saturday Shame from the weekend, as well as why Nick Saban is delusional.
1. SATURDAY SHINE
Here's a look at the teams, units and players that should feel good following their performance in Week 1.
Alabama's offense – The top team in the country looked great on offense because a certain quarterback (see next bullet point) brings more to the table than any quarterback in recent years. And there are playmakers all over the field.
Tua Tagovailoa – Tagovailoa is the reason the offense outperformed the defense for the first time in forever at Alabama. I don’t like lefty quarterbacks, but this kid is the exception so far. Louisville had no chance.
Georgia's speed – The Dawgs beat an awful team, but what about the team speed they showcased? Another example of an embarrassment of riches as this is one of the fastest teams in the country on offense.
Ohio State's offense – The offense, and Dwayne Haskins, looked great. The Buckeyes have so many weapons it’s scary. They could have dropped 100 points if they really wanted to against Oregon State, a Power Five opponent.
Brandon Wimbush – His stats may not show it but he showed so much improvement as a passer from last year it’s impressive. He’s evasive, he can run and now he keeps his eyes downfield.
Maryland – The Terps played inspired football, showed great team speed and wanted this game more than Texas did. The team is 2-22 versus ranked team in recent years with both wins against Texas. That’s crazy.
Ole Miss' offense – The best wide receiving corps in college football now has a running game as well? It was one game against a weak defense, but it was still impressive.
2. SATURDAY SHAME
Here's a look at the teams, units and players that should be feeling some heat following their performance in Week 1.
Michigan State – A squeaker of a win over Utah State is not a good start. I picked the Spartans ahead of Michigan but they didn’t look so hot.
Penn State – Almost a disastrous loss to Appalachian State? This is a team that is supposed to challenge Ohio State in the Big Ten East? Yuck.
Ohio State's defense – Giving up 31 points to Oregon State is not a great sign. The defense is loaded with talent but looked lost at times.
Jake Browning – He looked awful when under pressure from Auburn and made some bad decisions. He also needs a better clock in his head.
Shea Patterson – He’s supposed to be the savior of the offense but didn’t look sharp or look like the five-star quarterback we loved so much out of high school.
Michigan's offensive line – The Michigan offensive line stinks. It couldn’t open holes for the running game and couldn’t protect the quarterback well. Just a bad performance against Notre Dame overall.
Lane Kiffin – His team runs up the score against crappy teams but they couldn’t do jack against Oklahoma in an embarrassing performance.
Tom Herman – Why, for the second-straight year, did Texas come out so flat in the opener? There are four-stars everywhere on the roster and the Longhorns should beat Maryland by three scores based on talent. And the Terps don’t even have a head coach. Awful.
NC State – The Wolf Pack looked very average against James Madison and didn’t look like they are the dark horse in their division at all.
Kansas – My goodness this is a bad football team. ‘Nuff said.
Kansas State – A three-point win over South Dakota is shameful for a team some think could surprise in the Big 12.
Illinois – Kent State is awful and it took a rally to win this game. Don’t tell me Lovie Smith isn’t on the hot seat.
Kevin Sumlin – I think there were four designed runs for Khalil Tate. Four! That’s horrible coaching.
3. NICK SABAN IS MAKING THINGS WORSE, NOT BETTER
Nick Saban is cranky and he’s delusional. He’s angry that reporters keep asking who his starting quarterback is. Waaaaaah! The man who has won five of the last nine national championships refuses to name a starter and is upset people keep asking. Especially when it’s clear that Tua Tagvailoa is the man for Alabama and Jalen Hurts is the backup.
Saban, who was rude to ESPN's Maria Taylor on Saturday when she asked about the quarterback situation, is trying to play the game and berating the media at the same time. What’s the game? String along Hurts for as long as possible making him think he has a shot at the starting job by not naming a starter.
Saban should take a page out of Dabo Swinney’s book as the Clemson coach has done a much better job handling questions about his potential starter than Saban could ever imagine. Just be honest, name a starter and still say great things about Hurts to try to keep him in the fold. It’s not rocket science. But instead Saban is angry at the questions he's creating by not naming a starter. Annoying.
He’s a great coach, but he sure doesn’t know how to handle the media.