Over the last few years, the way college football teams play offense has changed significantly. Gone are the days where a run-heavy attack dominates the landscape. Now it’s uncommon if a team isn’t using some form of an uptempo or spread offense.

ESPN college football analyst Dan Hawkins joined The Game on Monday to discuss Nick Saban and the current trend on the offensive side of the ball.

“He has been so dog on consistent,” Hawkins said. “One of the things that has been most amazing is how he has been able to keep his saw sharp every single game, every single week.”

Since Saban has come to Tuscaloosa, he has been able to make Alabama one of the most consistent teams in college football. The Crimson Tide is currently riding a seven-year streak of 10+ wins, which has included three national championships during the same stretch. Hawkins feels that despite the consistent success, the Alabama players need to find some type of motivation to continue the winning ways of recent history.

“There has to be some sort of chip on the shoulder,” Hawkins told host Ryan Fowler “When you’re a young guy and you are 18, 19-years-old and you’ve got a lot of rings on your fingers and things are going pretty well, it’s hard to really appreciate those last two reps on the squat rack, those last two sprint.  The disease of success takes down a lot of individuals, as well as teams.”

While Alabama has been arguably been the best program in college football since 2009, the team's in-state rival has remained a thorn in the team's side.

Since Auburn’s Gus Malzahn took over as head coach, his offenses have been giving teams throughout college football a lot of trouble. Hawkins explained that no matter what teams do, Auburn’s system can be difficult to defend because of its design.

“He takes simple concepts and has a ton of little tweaks on it,” Hawkins said “He has a system, it’s not just plays.”

You can listen to the full interview with The Game below.

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