TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Nick Saban really couldn't enjoy
watching Texas and Oklahoma play, because he was too busy figuring
out how he'd defend and counter what the teams were doing.
Don't jump to any conclusions, though. No. 2 Alabama's coach
wasn't preparing for a potential matchup in the national
championship game that he understands is a long way from happening.
And that's the way his players are taking their current
situation, too. Like their coach.
They had plenty of time on their open date to digest
Texas-Oklahoma and LSU-Florida and Oklahoma State-Missouri,
watching three top 5 teams fall.
On Monday, Crimson Tide players were brushing off the fact that
Texas jumped from No. 5 instead of voters just bumping Alabama up
to the top spot. The way last weekend went, standing pat wasn't so bad.
The Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) returns Saturday against Mississippi
(3-3, 1-2), and Saban is hoping his team can steer clear of the
upsets that have shaken up the top of the rankings recently.