No. 1 Alabama trying to avoid 'relief syndrome'

By: Taylor Tannebaum Email
By: Taylor Tannebaum Email

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Nick Saban doesn't want Alabama players to be in a celebratory mood this week.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide's coach prefers them to focus on what it felt like to physically dominate in the second half and turn a tight game against No. 18 LSU into a 38-17 win.
Saban says Alabama can't afford "any kind of relief syndrome" from getting past that game. He says the Tide's physically dominating second-half performance provided a glimpse of "the team we want to be."
He's hoping that carries over Saturday against Mississippi State.
Last season, Alabama followed a last-minute win over LSU with a horrible start in a loss to Texas A&M.
Tide players are trying to avoid a repeat. Receiver Kevin Norwood says they're not satisfied and "everybody's still hungry."

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