Brian Kelly making one of the gutsiest calls of the 2022 season and going for a 2-point conversion following LSU’s touchdown during their first possession in overtime led to Alabama losing its second game of the season — and possibly being knocked out of College Football Playoff contention. Needless to say, this development set social media on fire in the aftermath of the November 5 32-31 Alabama loss.
Bryce Young was hardly to blame, amassing 328 passing yards while throwing a touchdown, but his interception in the first quarter at the hands of Tigers cornerback Jarrick Bernard cost the Crimson Tide key early momentum and set the stage for a back-and-forth war. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs was also up to his usual tricks, going for 163 all-purpose yards. Truthfully, the Alabama defense’s inability to stop LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels when it mattered most ended up being the culprit to how Nick Saban will be missing the CFP for the second time since its inception in 2014.
Twitter was lit up with Crimson Tide criticisms shortly after LSU fans stormed the field at Tiger Stadium:
This Alabama team is soft. This Alabama team is undisciplined. This Alabama team lacks accountability. That is a direct reflection of the Alabama coaching staff, including Nick Saban. Doesn’t mean this game or season is over, they just have a lot to prove in very little time.
— Stacey Blackwood (@Blackwood89) November 6, 2022
If Nick Saban doesn’t answer this disaster of a season by completing cleaning house of every impurity in coaching Alabama currently has… how will they ever see success again? Can you seriously make the argument that the talent isn’t there?
— Sidelines – Bama (@SSN_Alabama) November 6, 2022
Nick Saban has been at Alabama for 16 years now and the biggest downfall of the whole era will be not winning at title with Bryce Young as the starter. He is probably the best player in the programs history and we completely wasted it what an absolute failure all across the board
— Austin Randolph (@austinsrandolph) November 6, 2022
No grit, no heart, no discipline, no surprises. I do not understand why this team week in and week out isn’t prepared. That’s on the coaches, I’m not going to question Nick Saban but wow does this team have big time issues.
— Joe Will (@SuperWillSports) November 6, 2022
I hope Nick Saban kicks Bill O’Brien and Pete Golding off the plane in Baton Rouge tonight …
— Roll Tide #18™ 🐘 (@jerrysandersRTR) November 6, 2022
I haven’t lost faith in an Alabama team led by Nick Saban. Ever.
I’m getting really close this year
— Nick Perkins (@NPerkins96) November 6, 2022
How Alabama Can Still Make the College Football Playoff
It’s not over yet for Alabama when it comes to making the College Football Playoff, but the odds are certainly not in their favor following their second loss of the season — of which both were on the road and against current top 10 teams, mind you.
For the Crimson Tide to sneak into the CFP, they’ll first need to handle business against Ole Miss in Oxford next Saturday before knocking off far lesser competition in Austin Peay and Auburn during Week 12 and Week 13, respectively.
Once Alabama knocks off Ole Miss, the Rebels would then need to lose to either Arkansas or Mississippi State. That isn’t terribly probable, but probable doesn’t always pan out when it comes to college football, with Alabama-LSU being exhibit A to support that claim.
Nick Saban Takes Responsibility for Loss
Nick Saban wouldn’t let the players take the fall for what he considered his own coaching blunders against LSU — saying as much during the November 5 post-game presser in Baton Rouge.
“Look, I can’t blame the players,” Saban said. “I’m responsible for all this stuff, so if we didn’t do it right, that’s on me, and we’ve gotta do a better job of coaching the players so that we give them a better chance to have success and when we get opportunities, we take advantage of them.”
Alabama takes on Ole Miss at 2:30 pm central time November 12 at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium to salvage their season, if it already isn’t too late.