Nick Saban’s postgame dance throughout Alabama’s celebration of an enormous win was short-lived, then it was again to enterprise.
A video of the second-ranked Crimson Tide coach’s dance strikes after that 41-24 win over No. 4 Georgia made the Web rounds. It solely lasts just a few seconds earlier than a grinning Saban stops and proclaims, “Nice win.”
Saban’s consideration shortly turned to the Tide’s go to Saturday to rival Tennessee, however he needed his staff to savor the victory in opposition to Georgia.
“We’ve received video games round right here the place we go into the locker room and everyone simply sort of — that is simply what everyone expects,” he stated Monday. “And I hate that. I hate to see that. I believe everyone ought to get pleasure from each win. They’re onerous to return by.
“The expectation typically will get to be, effectively you’re Alabama and also you’re presupposed to beat this staff and in case you don’t beat them a sure manner then that’s not adequate, and I don’t actually suppose that’s honest to the gamers. These guys work onerous.”
Now, Saban desires Alabama to concentrate on constructing on the win and never getting swept up within the hype.
The Tide (4-0) figures to be a heavy favourite the remainder of the season with no ranked groups left on the schedule.
The urgent query now — past how are Saban’s dance strikes — is how Alabama will stay humble and targeted sufficient to keep away from a letdown.
“I don’t understand how they’re gonna deal with it,” Saban stated. “Hypothetical questions, I don’t have a crystal ball. I hope they’ve sufficient maturity to deal with it the way in which they should, however we received’t know till we apply all week and till we see how they play within the sport.”
After the 2018 season, Saban pointed to the top-ranked Tide’s 29-0 win at No. 3 LSU as a turning level of kinds. Alabama saved successful however not essentially sustaining that prime stage, all the way in which into the nationwide championship sport.
Then, the Tide obtained hammered 44-16 by Clemson.
“We simply discovered we are able to’t take any weeks off,” Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr. stated. “We’ve obtained to organize each week prefer it’s your final week.
“That form of kicked us within the foot slightly bit two years in the past, however we discovered from our errors and we’re prepared to start out one thing new this yr.”
Then there was the 27-19 win over Texas A&M in 2017 when Alabama was coming off a 59-0 win over Vanderbilt adopted by a 66-3 stomping of Mississippi.
After the surprisingly shut sport in opposition to the Aggies, Saban referred to as all of the media hype “rat poison” for his gamers and staff, detracting from their efficiency.
This staff doesn’t have fairly the identical hype or strain. Clemson is ranked No. 1, in spite of everything.
However after that emphatic comeback win, when Alabama outscored the Bulldogs 21-0 within the second half, Saban desires to protect in opposition to any overconfidence. The Tide is a 20-point favourite over the Volunteers.
“We have now a 24-hour rule, we benefit from the win for twenty-four hours and we transfer on to the following staff,” Alabama tailback Najee Harris stated. “We’re taking part in staff, so hopefully they transfer previous it and their thoughts is on subsequent week, this upcoming sport.”
That’s the place Saban desires the main focus.
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