SEC front-runner Alabama matches up with Charleston Southern on Saturday afternoon, leading many Crimson Tide fans to believe that this will be the opportunity for Nick Saban to play his reserves in what should be a beat down.
Saban has other ideas.
In a fiery rant Wednesday night, the Crimson Tide coach quickly squashed that notion, referencing Alabama’s 2011 game with Georgia Southern, in which the Eagles racked up 302 rushing yards on a dominant Alabama front seven.
Saban isn’t looking for a repeat this weekend.
“Y’all don’t remember the Georgia Southern game, do you? I don’t think we had a guy on that field that didn’t play in the NFL — and about four or five of them were about first round draft picks. And I think that team won a national championship but I’m not sure,” Saban told reporters. “And (Georgia Southern) run through our ass like shit through a tin horn, man and we could not stop them. Could not stop them. Could not stop them.
“I think we’d given up like 300 yards rushing the whole season in 10 games. That’s like 30 yards a game. And all anybody wanted to talk about was how dominant the front was and how nobody could run against us. They got 300 yards rushing in one game.”
Moments after the rant, Saban quipped that he didn’t even remember what the question was. His point was that he wanted to make sure Alabama fans knew he and the Crimson Tide won’t be taking its opponent lightly this weekend.
Then, realizing how animated he had gotten, Saban made a quick joke on his way out of the press room.
“Could you bleep that one thing out?”
Blurry and shaky video of Nick Saban's latest rant, this time referencing Georgia Southern & a tin horn: pic.twitter.com/XCCPn4sYa9
— Alex Byington (@abyingtonTD) November 19, 2015