Alabama Football: Took care of business in 2016

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Ryan Anderson
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Ryan Anderson /

We are 28 days away from college football season, meaning this time four weeks from now will officially be football season. And today we talk about the 2016 SEC Champions.

The Alabama football program has been the most dominant dynasty the college football world has seen in quite some time. But despite the ridiculous success of the Crimson Tide, 2009 was the only undefeated season under Nick Saban.

Last season, Alabama appeared to be on their way to their second undefeated season of the Saban era, but the Clemson Tigers had other ideas. The Crimson Tide were dismantling opponents on their way to a 14-1 record. And that leads us to no. 28 on the Southbound and Down College Football Countdown.

Alabama defeated opponents by an average of 28 points per game

Must Read: Georgia beat South Carolina despite Eason

Technically, Alabama’s average margin of victory was 27.9 points per game, but it’s close enough. The Crimson Tide were just plain dominant last season. Alabama led the nation in scoring defense, allowing 13.0 points per game. They were also first in the SEC and 16th in the nation in scoring offense, scoring 38.8 points per game.

More from Southbound and Down

That’s a recipe for an impressive season.

Alabama won eight games by 28 points or more last season. And they won three games by more than 40 points. Most teams pad their stats against inferior competition, but not the Crimson Tide.

While they did beat Saban’s alma mater Kent State 48-0 for one of their two shutouts in 2016, they also beat Mississippi State 51-3 (48 points) and USC 52-6 (46 points) for their three most lopsided victories last season.

Not including the national championship game loss to Clemson, LSU (10-0) and Ole Miss (48-43) were the Crimson Tide’s only wins by 10 points or less.

Next: Six SEC teams in preseason coaches poll

2016 was one of the most impressive seasons for the Alabama football dynasty, but it obviously didn’t end the way they wanted it to. It will be interesting to see what they’re capable of in 2017.