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Nick Saban to embrace up-tempo offense?

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04:42 PM ET 09.27 | Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has always been on the record as opposed to the proliferation of up-tempo offenses in college football. In an interview on Thursday, however, Saban revealed that he may move the team (albeit begrudgingly) toward a more fast-paced style of play. Saban went on to say that he believes more than 80 percent of colleges will be running up-tempo offenses within the next five years "unless they do something to slow them down, which they should" ("they" being, perhaps, an NCAA rules committee or some other governing entity). While that is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the no-huddle style of play, it does sound like Saban's seen the writing on the wall and knows he has to adapt.

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September 28, 2013  12:21 AM ET

Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.

September 28, 2013  06:21 AM ET

Will be interesting to see how well Saban adapts to a pace of play that will allow him much less sideline control of what happens on the field.

September 28, 2013  06:46 AM ET

Frankly, I'm a little peeved that the editors deleted the Bamaligatory, "Roll Tide" from the thread topper.

September 28, 2013  08:51 AM ET

That mean ole Sabinz is a hypocrite, too!!!

September 28, 2013  08:57 AM ET

IMHO the only reason he has been reluctant is he didn't want his defense to spend so much time on the field. He's always prepared his team with a two minute offense if they needed it. That is a mini version of the HUNH.

September 28, 2013  09:22 AM ET

All that means is snap it on "hut" instead of "hut, hut . . . . . . . . . . hut"

September 28, 2013  09:26 AM ET

If it ain't broke don't break it.

September 28, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Sounds like what the LIONS tried years a go call run and gun. Yes they scored a lot of points fast but the D-Fence was always on the field and the other teams scored more points.

September 28, 2013  11:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

That mean ole Sabinz is a hypocrite, too!!!

LOL!

September 28, 2013  11:56 AM ET

LOL, get use to the HUNH offense Nick, as you might be facing Oregon later this year or early next year!!! :-)

September 28, 2013  10:16 PM ET

Of course if the other team doesn't score you still look like a genius.

September 28, 2013  11:01 PM ET

We ran more offensive plays than Ole Miss did tonight. Bo Wallace might not have said he could put points up on Alabama.

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