The Alabama Crimson Tide remain the No. 1 team in the nation after a Week 3 win over Ole Miss, but the win did not come easy. In fact, despite remaining undefeated and the top-ranked team in the country, head coach Nick Saban hopes his team learns from their early struggles against the Rebels.
A number of miscues led to an early deficit, but Saban appreciated his team’s mental toughness and hard work to dig deep for the run that ultimately earned them the win.
”You don’t ever want to beat yourself and when you do things like that, you give yourself an opportunity to beat yourself,” Saban said at his weekly press conference. ”It’s one thing to get beat physically. Can’t cover them. Can’t block them up front. That’s different, and that may happen someday. But all this other stuff, you beat yourself. That’s what we’ve got to get fixed.’
“‘But when you look at things, the devil is kind of in the details. We could have really lost the game based on mental mistakes, mental errors, lack of execution at times that led to really bad plays for our team. Our focus needs to be on getting these things corrected but having the ability to focus on sort of each and every play.”
Luckily, Saban’s team was able to dig deep. That is the kind of wake up call and game you need to re-focus your team after two blowouts to start the season, especially with a young signal-caller like Jalen Hurts running the offense.
Now that the Crimson Tide had that kind of experience and Saban has provided them with a reminder that you need to always focus 100 percent, it will be interesting to see how they continue to roll through the competition as they look to defend their national championship with another College Football Playoff appearance.
Alabama returns to action this weekend against Kent State.
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