Wednesday, February 5 2014 5:29 PM EST2014-02-05 22:29:10 GMT
(RNN) - Alabama and coach Nick Saban failed in their quest to win a third BCS National Championship last year, but the Crimson Tide did land the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for the third straightMore >>
The Southeastern Conference had seven of the top 10-ranked college football recruiting classes after 2014 Signing Day. More >>
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(RNN) - Oklahoma beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and one Crimson Tide fan tried to beat up an Oklahoma fan in a wild altercation that was caught on video. The tension builds Thursday night at the New OrleansMore >>
An unidentified, irate Alabama fan threw herself over a row of Oklahoma fans to get at a young man she had been arguing with in a moment captured on video. More >>
Friday, December 20 2013 5:22 PM EST2013-12-20 22:22:39 GMT
(RNN) - Three Southeastern Conference schools will have to pay fines for having fans rush the field after big wins, and another must pay up for a longtime, loud tradition that violates a noise rule. AuburnMore >>
Auburn has to cough up $5,000 for fans storming the field after its Iron Bowl win; Mizzou, Ole Miss and Mississippi State were also fined for excessive fan celebration and noise, the Southeastern Conference announced Friday.More >>
In a Monday press conference, Saban noted that there were "a lot of good things" from Bama's 49-42 victory over the only team to beat them last year.
Most importantly, he said, was winning an SEC game against a really good team while on the road and getting down 14-0 in the first seven minutes of the game.
Compared to the season opener against Virginia Tech, Saban said the Tide played a lot better offensively, communicated better and controlled the line of scrimmage up front.
Saban said his players also "really controlled the time of possession in the game, which is important especially when playing against an offense like [the Aggies] have."
Defensively, however, Saban said his team "didn't play real well." The coach acknowledged the two big interceptions that were "critical" in the game, but said there were too many missed assignments and a lack of technique among his players.
Saban also compared the the first and last minutes of the game, where the Tide gave away 35 points total, with the middle of the game, in which they slowly and methodically built up a lead and kept it.
"From the first seven minutes of the game, we get behind 14-nothing, don't play very well. Last eight minutes of the game, we give up 21 points. So that's 35 points right there. In the middle, settled down and played halfway decent, but on the ends, didn't do very well," he said.
Moving forward, Saban said the focus needs to be on improving as a team.
"There is no question that I don't feel like we are where we need to be as a team...I think the most important thing about that is going to be players having the discipline to trust and believe in doing the things the way we want them done," Saban said.
"Without that improvement, we're not going to get where we need to go or become the team we want to be," he added.
Looking ahead to this Saturday's game against Colorado State, Saban said coach Jim McElwain has done a "fabulous" job there and noted that he did a fantastic job while coaching at Alabama for four years.
Saban said he's impressed with Colorado State, commenting that they have a good quarterback and several returning starters on both sides of the ball. The thing he may be most excited about, however, is playing the first home game of the season.
"I don't ever remember it being September 21, having been practicing seven or eight weeks and not having played a home game yet. So we're certainly looking forward to being home and in front of our fans," Saban said.
The game against Colorado State kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.