We saw something on the Alabama Football sideline this past Saturday night that had been missing all season. That was a fiery, in-your-face, old school Nick Saban. The college football world has been wondering where this Nick Saban has been especially with the less than stellar play against Texas and USF. There has been much speculation that maybe he’s just lost his love for the game and will soon be retiring. There has also been much speculation that with NIL and the ever-revolving door of the transfer portal, Nick Saban can’t have his infamous tirades on the sideline.
From an Alabama football fan perspective, this has been a much-discussed topic on social media posts, message boards, and videos from both fans and former Bama players. Many from both groups really think that is what has been missing from this year’s team. It was a pleasant surprise to see the emotion from Nick Saban on the sideline and even more the positive reaction from the players. There were a few spots in that first quarter that were very sloppy from another botched snap to a rare fumble from Kool-Aid McKinstry on a punt return. The cowbells were really starting to clang and it was the perfect time for Saban to hold people accountable for their mistakes.
Alabama football players responded
The team responded well to the sideline rants of the first half, and that really seemed to set the tone for the rest of the time in Starkville. The defense really got after Will Rogers forcing him into a few game-changing interceptions. The jury is still out on how much this fiery Nick Saban will affect the rest of the season, but he seemed to really know when this needed to be implemented and it really changed the entire game for this Alabama football team against Miss State. It will be very interesting to see if we see more of this Coach Saban this Saturday in College Station or if this was a one-week thing.
In a perfect world, you’d hope we don’t have to see this side of Nick Saban against the Aggies because those frustrating mistakes, especially on the offensive side of the ball, have been cut to a minimum. No matter your personal thoughts on Coach Saban or his sideline rants, one thing seems to be coming true, is this Alabama football team is starting to come around. Some of the doubt from the passionate fanbase and the media is starting to subside.
The atmosphere in College Station will be raucous but it really seems the Alabama football team that bullied the Bulldogs this past weekend will be ready.