Saban joined the ESPN broadcast on Monday as part of the festivities leading up to the game, and he was asked about the Tigers, specifically their defensive efficiency in the red zone.
The Tide head coach didn’t hold any punches in speaking about the success of the Auburn defensive unit inside the 20-yard line, particularly by pointing out his own offense’s failures against them in the Iron Bowl back in November which resulted in Alabama’s first loss of the season.
“… I mean we were inside the 20 three times in our game in the fourth quarter with a 28-21 lead and didn’t score a point, so that’s what they’ve been able to do to make them effective. They play in a system. They don’t make a lot of mistakes, but when they get an opportunity, they take advantage of it.”
Now while many believe that the Florida State offense is a little more dangerous than Alabama’s, that’s still an eye-opening statistic delivered by Saban to highlight what Auburn does when a good offense gets near the goal line.