However, that win by Alabama in 2006 was later vacated.
The Tide (2-1) is more focused on rebounding from last weekend’s loss to No. 3 Mississippi after twice coming back from big deficits.
The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks are coming from a 47-0 win over Nicholls. He also recognized that the Warhawks present a lot of challenges for the Tide.
With an offense that is still trying to establish its identity, and a defense eager to atone for surrendering 43 points to Ole Miss, don’t be surprised if Alabama is fired up and looks like the Alabama of old, at least for one game. I don’t think there is a defense in the country that can stand up to this offense if Henry is pounding on them for four quarters and once again Lane Kiffin, for some reason, got away from that last week late in the game when it seemed that the Ole Miss’ defense was gassed. Saban’s not sure if that knowledge will help current players.
“The game kind of depends on us”, left tackle Rey Baltazar said. “That’s all I can tell you”. Cleaning up the turnovers should be the top priority, and now that Jake Coker has officially been named the starting quarterback, it will be interesting to see if he plays with any added confidence knowing he no longer has to fight for his job. It might have been a turning point since the Tide played better against Auburn and won a bowl game before embarking on a remarkable stretch of success. “The problem with those games is these guys were in the sixth grade when that happened”, Saban said.
REMEMBER 2007? Many Alabama fans can’t forget that game, after which a Louisiana billboard reading “Tide Rolled” trumpeted the upset. He has also gained 72 yards after sacks. This represents another challenge before 100,000 or so ‘Bama fans. Saban has preached execution and efficiency as being key for the Tide to turn things around after last Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss.
“Every coach, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing, you’re searching for opportunities to put one of your players into space, one-on-one, and allow them to make a play”, he said. Between the two quarterbacks Saturday, Mullaney was targeted 17 times, finishing the game with seven receptions for 61 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “Hopefully we’ll get everybody else on board here as soon as possible”.