"This was not our best game," he said. "It was a little predictable that when you don't focus and pay attention to detail like you need to, whether it's in preparation or actually in your performance, that things don't usually go as well as you'd like for them to. I think we probably learned something about that relative to the last game."
Saban said that when he watched the film, it was clear his team lacked focus, attention to detail and doing "little things" correctly.
"Which usually can bite you in the you-know-what," he said. "And it did, at times."
2. Injury report: Saban said that with the exception of Jalston Fowler, all injured players—Jesse Williams (concussion), Reggie Ragland (ankle), Dee Milliner (hip flexor) and Brent Calloway (Shoulder)—will practice this week and should be good to go on Saturday against Arkansas.
3. Louisiana-Monroe shocked then-No. 8 Arkansas Saturday, beating the Razorbacks 34-31 in overtime. But Saban said that does not change how his team is approaching the game.
"They had a very difficult misfortune in the last game that they weren't able to overcome," Saban said. "But we still have to expect that we're going to get their very best performance.
"It's going to take our best performance to have a chance to be successful."
"Nobody here should be feeling warm and cozy about the other team's circumstance or situation," Saban said. "We need to be thinking about what we need to do to be successful, regardless of who plays in the game.
"Whoever prepares to play in their system is probably going to be a pretty effective player that we're going to have to do things correctly to be able to stop."
Saban praised Wilson, too.
"He's great for our league and he's great for our fans," Saban said. "He's certainly a very challenging competitor to have to play against and we hope he's OK."
5. Saban said that Arkansas is still running Bobby Petrino's offense, so the players haven't had to learn a new system under John L. Smith.
"I think that John L. is a very, very good coach," he said. "But the systems that they're running there are certainly totally congruent with the offense they ran last year, which was coach Petrino's. And the defensive coordinator comes from Ohio State and they're doing the same kind of stuff they did at Ohio State.
"We're just trying to look at what they do and do the best job we can getting our players in the best position to have a chance to be successful."
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