SABAN: Our Best Game Is Still Out There

Nick Saban's post-game analysis of the Crimson Tide's 31-3 win over Mississippi State on Saturday was probably not exactly what Tennesse-Chattanooga Head Coach Russ Heusman wanted to hear.



"I think our best football is still out there some place," Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said. "We really need to focus on improving in all areas. That's what we're going to work on."

Saban said his challenge for his squad was "Do you have enough honor in yourself to be responsible for what you're supposed to do; enough courage to do it when it matters the most; and enough perserverence to do it every play?"

Saban warned his team before the game "that Mississippi State was going to be fired up and spirited and they did a great job in the first quarter. our guys persevered and played through it."

"I'm pleased with the way we stopped the run for the most part," Saban said. "We had a couple that got out on us but I thought Rolando McClain did a really good job playing the run."

On Mississippi State's gimmick black jerseys worn Saturday night, Saban said, "I sort of didn't even know they didn't have their regular stuff on. I'm more concerned about our team... I'm an old traditionalist. Our fans expect us to come out in our normal jerseys, numbers on the helmets. I don't think, as the coach, that I should be the one change something like that."

He's looking for improvement on offense: "Better balance. Utilize more players on offense. don't be so risk averse," he said. "We've got a lot of playmakers."

"On Special teams we had a couple of boo-boos on kickoff coverage which I thought we had improved on but we have to go back in and get that corrected," Saban said.


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