Paul Finebaum Makes Bold Claim About Nick Saban’s Status In The College Football World

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Paul Finebaum thinks the era of Nick Saban wearing the crown has come and gone.

The Georgia Bulldogs put a bow on the college football season with a blowout win over TCU in the national title game, and the popular SEC and college football personality feels the torch has officially been passed from Saban to Kirby smart.

“Kirby Smart is the king of college football, and Nick Saban is still around. He’s the elder statesman. Kirby relies on him for important issues, but Nick Saban no longer runs college football,” Finebaum explained when breaking down the situation.

Paul Finebaum’s claim about Nick Saban is a bold one.

It really does seem like a lot of people are ready to officially move off Alabama and onto Georgia as the new king.

To be clear, it’s more than fair. Georgia just won back-to-back national titles and is 29-1 over the past two seasons.

It’s definitely more than fair to claim Georgia is on the throne until they’re consistently proven not to be.

Georgia has back-to-back national titles. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images)

However (what a beautiful word), you’re fooling yourself if you think Nick Saban is just an “elder statesman” at this point.

Alabama isn’t going anywhere. DraftKings has Nick Saban’s with the second best odds to win the national title next season. Only Georgia is ahead of them.

The Crimson Tide also have the best recruiting class in America at the moment. The idea that Alabama couldn’t be right back at the top next season is simply ludicrous.

Paul Finebaum doesn’t think Nick Saban is still the king of college football. (Photo by Chris McDill/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Furthermore, history speaks for itself. While Finebaum might credit Kirby Smart for a lot of Saban’s titles, Nick Saban still has seven rings as a head coach.

Nobody has more. That matters. Saban created a dynasty in Tuscaloosa unlike anything modern college football has ever seen.

Paul Finebaum says Nick Saban no longer runs college football. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

That’s not to say Georgia can’t do the same. The Bulldogs just aren’t there yet. Rattle off a few more national titles and they definitely will be, but it has to happen first.

Written by David Hookstead

David is a college football fanatic who foolishly convinces himself every season the Wisconsin Badgers will finally win a national title. Has been pretending to be a cowboy ever since the first episode of Yellowstone aired.


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  1. One FanBoy (David) writing about another FanBoy in Finebaum … Finebaum built his career as a Saban Fanboy now he turns on him ???

    Nick may / may not have more titles to come. Kings and dynasties DO crumble … just as Belichek in Foxboro. and to a lesser degree ask Coach K !! The trick is to Beat The Grim Reaper by one year. … Kirby lost his DC a year ago … will he have the same task Nick & Dabo have had to do to replace key staff every year… THAT takes its toll.

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