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Alabama’s Nick Saban: Tide have to ‘embrace the next challenge’

Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban in front of his team as they prepare to take the field against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 9, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban in front of his team as they prepare to take the field against the LSU Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After defeating the LSU Tigers 38-17 Saturday, Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban thinks his team needs to take the next step.

“The biggest thing is the players have to embrace the next challenge of what they need to do to play well,” Saban told Alex Scarborough of ESPN.com. “You cannot take things for granted. There can’t be any kind of relief syndrome that, ‘We got by that game.’”

Saban was disappointed with the Tide’s play at times, but would love for them to replicate Saturday’s second half performance.

“The team we want to be is the team we were in the second half — an aggressive team that’s trying to control the line of scrimmage, playing aggressively. Not a team playing with a lot of anxiety that’s worried about making mistakes and errors,” Saban added. “We made a lot of mental errors in the first half of the game.”

The top-ranked Tide will travel to Starkville to take on the 4-5 Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday. Kickoff is at 7:45 pm EST and the game is on ESPN.

Topics: Alabama Crimson Tide, Nick Saban

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