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Jumbo Package: Alabama Football loses assistant coach to Mississippi State ahead of the Playoffs

Coleman Hutzler to leave Alabama for a nice promotion

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Well, there goes one of our favorite hires from two offseasons ago:

Alabama football’s special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach is likely crossing state lines. Coleman Hutzler is expected to become the next defensive coordinator at Mississippi State, a source confirmed to AL.com.

The news was first reported by Ross Dellenger of Yahoo Sports.

Hutzler came to Tuscaloosa in January of 2022. He had spent 2021 as the special teams coordinator at Ole Miss under Lane Kiffin.

Mississippi State has a new head coach, Jeff Lebby, for the 2024 season, after Zach Arnett was fired. Lebby served as the offensive coordinator at Ole Miss in 2021.

In the two seasons since Alabama hired Coleman Hutzler, the Tide has seen their kicker break NCAA records, their punter increase his yards per punt by a full 8 yards (seriously, this is mindblowingly impressive), and the defense has been starting with better field position than any Alabama squad since 2013.

At the same time, the trio of outside linebackers in Will Anderson, Dallas Turner, and Chris Braswell have consistently racked up better stats over two seasons than any other outside linebacker duos of the Saban era.

Basically... Everything Hutzler has coached has been great.

So, congrats to MSU, I guess.

It’s award season in college football and no matter how successful Alabama is, one award typically eludes the Tide: coach of the year.

There are eight major coach of the year awards, and during his 16 previous seasons at Alabama, Nick Saban has won only one of them multiple times — the Walter Camp coach of the year award, in both 2008 and 2018. Saban has taken home six other coach of the year awards only once during his time at Alabama, and has never been named the AFCA’s coach of the year.

For the coach with the most national championship rings of anyone in history, there is less coach of the year hardware than you would expect.

It’s an absolute travesty, but here we are. After the entire world was ready to bury Saban and Alabama in September, the Tide has become the hottest team in college football. But sure, I guess Eli Drinkwitz has done pretty well... for Missouri.

By victories, Alabama’s record in CFP games is 9-4, Clemson 6-4, Georgia 5-1, Ohio State 3-4, LSU 2-0, TCU 1-1 (the second 1 by 65-7 to Georgia in the national championship game last year), Oregon 1-1, Cincinnati 0-1, Washington 0-1, Michigan State 0-1, FSU 0-1, Michigan 0-2 (both appearances in the last two years), Notre Dame 0-2, and Oklahoma 0-4.

Interesting to see things listed out like this. The fact that Alabama has over twice as many wins as losses in a single elimination deathmatch of the top four teams in the country is crazy impressive.

Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Ohio State are the only other schools with enough multiple appearances to gather any data from, and things look really rough for OSU and OU (seriously... 0-4, Oklahoma??). Georgia has the best win %, though. So, hey, Alabama really needs to kick things up to 11-4 this year, huh?

Anticipation is building with two historic programs meeting on an iconic stage. As each coaching staff begins to review each team’s film, let’s take a look at the statistical comparisons between the Crimson Tide and Wolverines.

Scoring offense

1. LSU 46.4 points per game

14. Michigan 36.7

18. Alabama 35.1

Here’s an interesting look at the comparison of different team stats between Alabama and Michigan. Essentially, the Tide, has a slightly better offense and the Wolverines have a ridiculously elite defense (though, Big 10 offenses as the competition is always suspect).

Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas and Iowa each saw two of their players receive first-team nods, while the Crimson Tide led with five All-America selections overall. The Bulldogs, Longhorns and Missouri slotted next with four each.

The SEC regained its top spot on the CBS Sports / 247Sports All-America team from the Big Ten, which dominated selections last year. In total, 17 SEC players received All-America honors with six of its programs represented. The Pac-12 actually had the most programs with selections (seven), while the Big Ten saw 10 players honored across six of its programs.

While the CBS All-American team isn’t one of the lists of All-Americans needed for Consensus or Unanimous status, it’s still a big deal, and Alabama leads the country.

1st team- Dallas Turner, Kool-Aid McKinstry

2nd team - JC Latham, Terrion Arnold, Will Reichard

Roll Tide to all of these guys!

Roll Tua!!

Finally, enjoy this quick video as we continue to bask in winning the SEC