TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- No. 1 Alabama faces two major challenges this week.
The Crimson Tide must come back to earth from their last-minute win against No. 9 LSU and then get ready to host No. 15 Texas A&M and its high-flying offense.
Saban said Monday games like the LSU contest "can bring out either the best in you or the worst in you. It's all your choice."
He does his part to bring a reality check to players by saying the LSU game was "by far" the team's worst defensive performance of the season.
The Aggies appear to be the last obstacle between Alabama and the SEC championship game. Alabama needs to beat either Texas A&M or Auburn to win the SEC West and control its destiny in the national title hunt.