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THE HYPOTHETICAL END OF SABANBALL

If you want to end the run at Alabama, and don't just want to sit around waiting for it to collapse by itself, then you should hire someone who knows what the hell they're doing on offense while doing everything else they do so well like spend shitloads of money and recruiting everything in sight and doing so well. There's a lot of "all things being equal" here, and they're so often not, but let's just isolate the talent element and figure out who can actually counter anaconda-ball proactively. In other words, there's a lot of things you can't control, so how do you worry about the things you CAN control? The answer is to find the guys who coach college offense brilliantly, because you're not going to out-muscle Bama, or at best will get a push. The rest is going to come from the details guys who can balance limited practice time, well-crafted scheme, and details. The one not mentioned in the piece is Chris Petersen. This is kind of a shame because given the platform of a program that could bring in first-rank talent across the board, he'd build some fascinating machines. But he's never leaving Boise, and so we're left with the usual suspects. The one thing we think we know is that you won't out-Saban Saban, and it's stupid to even try.

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