Alabama coach Nick Saban knows what he doesn’t want his team to feel after its 38-17 win over LSU — relieved. The man who’s won four BCS titles already — and is making a strong run for #5 — wants no repeat of what happened to the Tide last year. You might remember that Bama won a tough game in Baton Rouge and then immediately returned home to lose to Texas A&M.
“The biggest thing is the players have to embrace the next challenge of what they need to do to play well. You cannot take things for granted. There can’t be any kind of relief syndrome, that, ‘We got by that game.’
The team we want to be is the team we were in the second half — an aggressive team that’s trying to control the line of scrimmage, playing aggressively. Not a team playing with a lot of anxiety that’s worried about making mistakes and errors. We made a lot of mental errors in the first half of the game (against LSU).
You’ve got to be aggressive and you’ve got to play to win. You can’t play to keep from getting beat.”
Soooooo, he wants his players to be aggressive, right? Well, if Alabama plays as it did in the second half against LSU that won’t be good news for a Mississippi State squad that might be without quarterback Dak Prescott this weekend.