Nick Saban wants to avoid 'creating anxiety' in preparation for Ole Miss
Ole Miss defeated Alabama in each of their past two meetings. That’s an uncommon feat for an opponent during Nick Saban’s tenure in Tuscaloosa.
After winning a 23-17 thriller in Oxford in 2014, the Rebels defeated the Tide 43-37 last season. Several lapses led to Alabama suffering its only loss of an eventual national championship season.
But Saban thinks he’s figured out what hindered the Tide in 2015: anxiety.
The five-time national champion claimed his team was anxious during last year’s game against Ole Miss and wants to avoid “creating anxiety for players” leading up to this year’s matchup in Oxford on Saturday.
Saban says he feels #Alabama was anxious in last years meeting with Ole Miss. He wants to avoid "creating anxiety for players" this week.
— Joe Whelan (@WhelanABC3340) September 12, 2016
Saban went 57-12 against SEC teams during his first nine seasons at Alabama (2007-15). Four of those losses came during his first season and three took place in 2010. Otherwise, Saban has never lost more than one conference game in a single season.