Nick Saban cites Oklahoma's loss, cautions Alabama players that sluggish second halves can't be tolerated
The Alabama Crimson Tide are 1-0 and the No. 2 team in the country, but they aren’t satisfied with how they played in the second half of their 38-19 win over Mizzou.
After taking a 28-3 lead into halftime, the Tide were outscored 16-10 in the third and fourth quarters.
As Alabama prepares for a home game against Texas A&M, coach Nick Saban used Oklahoma’s loss to Kansas State as an example of why the Tide need to play strong in all 4 quarters:
“I don’t think we played very well in the second half, so we didn’t play a complete game,” he said. “So obviously, that’s really, really important. I guess you could ask Oklahoma that question, because I’m sure their coach is saying some of the same things we said. Their players probably respond a little bit better because they had negative consequences.
“Our players, it’s the worst thing you can do — play poorly and win. We played poorly in the second half and I don’t think anybody’s immune from that. I’ve told the players that, so I’m not talking about them behind their back. And it’s really my responsibility. I came home and felt bad that I must have done a really, really bad job, not in getting the players ready to play the game, but maintaining their intensity throughout the game.”
Will the Tide be able to put up 4 strong quarters against the Aggies? Tune in to CBS at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday to find out.