Alabama Tries to Rebound From Stunning Defeat

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Tide's loss to Louisiana-Monroe was an embarrassing, surprising defeat for Nick Saban's first season trying to lead a once-powerful program back to glory.

Alabama's 21-14 loss certainly fits the bill. So does LSU's 13-10 homecoming defeat to fledgling UAB back in his debut season at LSU seven years earlier. Crimson Tide fans can take heart.

That team rebounded to beat Tennessee the following week.

UAB remained the game that first popped to Saban's mind when asked if this was the worst loss of his career.

Whichever one topped that list, says Saban, "This is not the kind of football that we intend to be played here."

The loss left the Tide's bowl status and chances for a winning season in doubt leading up to the regular-season finale at No. 25 Auburn.

Alabama (4-3 Southeastern Conference) is now one of 10 bowl-eligible teams in the SEC, and South Carolina and Mississippi State also are 6-5.

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