TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban has vivid memories from the last time one of his teams played Tennessee.
It was the 2001 SEC championship game, when Saban's LSU Tigers had to play most of the game with backup quarterback Matt Mauck.
Mostly he remembers his own --quote-- "stupid, stupid decision" to go for it on fourth-and-inches from the Tigers' 22 in the first half. Rohan Davey, who later left with bruised ribs,fumbled the snap on a quarterback sneak and the play went for no gain.
Then, the LSU defense stiffened up and the 21st-ranked Tigers beat the second-ranked Vols 31-20, upsetting the national championship picture. No apologies necessary, coach.
Saban said the seniors came up to him after the game and said the coach's decision made them think they could win and inspired confidence in them.
The Tide is hoping he makes more dumb calls like that one when Number 20 Tennessee visits Saturday.