Saban wants Tide players to keep consistency

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's football team took Monday off to start its open week.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide returns to the practice field Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Coach Nick Saban said Monday you can't try to maintain game-week intensity for an open date, but he wants his players to keep the same kind of consistency in practice.

Saban said that will make it easier for them to bring the
intensity back up for the Mississippi game the next weekend.

He said the Tide will use the open date to determine if any changes need to be made among personnel in starting or backup spots. He also has already started studying the remaining opponents on the schedule.

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