Chris Klieman and the Kansas State Wildcats are set to play in one of the biggest games in school history as they prepare to take on Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Tide, who are 10-2 and ranked fifth nationally at the end of the 2022 season, have been the standard in college football since Nick Saban took over in Tuscaloosa back in 2007. Since then, the Tide have won six national championships and appeared in five other national title games.
To say that Nick Saban knows what success looks like is an understatement, and when he sees good football, he knows it. That’s why when the head ball coach at Bama had some incredibly-high praise for his upcoming opponent, ears in the room seemed to perk up.
“These guys got a really good team,” Saban said. “They beat TCU in the [Big 12] championship game, they were ahead of them 28-10 in the first game that they played against them. This is a really good team. They can run the ball, they’re physical, they got a good offensive line, they got a good runner, the quarterback’s played well, and they got good skill guys on offense. The defense plays physical, tough. [They’ll] come out of the top and strike you.
“This is a good, old-fashioned, well-coached, disciplined, tough, good football team. They could make an argument that, since they beat one of the teams that are in the playoffs, maybe they should be in the playoffs. So, I think this is a really good team.”
It won’t be too long before Coach Saban will get to see the Wildcats in person, as the 2022 Allstate Sugar Bowl is set to get underway in the Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans at 11:00 a.m. CT on New Year’s Eve, with the Crimson Tide currently favored by 6.0 points.