Nick Saban and Alabama players have already faced some notable adversity this season, be it the narrow win at Texas, and the current injury to quarterback Bryce Young.

Through it all, Saban told ESPN’s Chris Low that he appreciates how coachable the Crimson Tide are, and their leadership.

However, maintaining intensity and not losing focus is his main concern. Saban cited the stretch against Arkansas when Alabama nearly surrendered a 28-0 lead.

“That gets you at some point,” Saban said.

As Alabama gets set to play host to Texas A&M this week, there are some similarities to last year’s meeting.

Once again, Alabama is No. 1 while the Aggies have struggled mightily in recent weeks, and fell from from No. 6 in the AP Top 25 poll, to unranked. Texas A&M is coming off a loss to Mississippi State and struggling offensively, just like last season. There are also quarterback issues at hand for the Aggies as Max Johnson suffered a broken thumb last week.