Nick Saban blasts Alabama defense after Arkansas rout

Nick Saban blasts Alabama defense after Arkansas rout

"I think this is by far the best offensive team that we've played to this point", Saban said of the Tigers.

"We now have five defensive players that are out for an extended period of time that were starters or in the two-deep". The Crimson Tide are averaging 39.7 points in the first half alone. "Had lots of opportunities to get off the field on third down and just didn't do it".

"We made a lot of mistakes on defense", said Saban after watching his team allow 405 yards to a one-win Arkansas team.

Saban's sour attitude comes at a time when Alabama is fighting apathy on campus.

Per Sunday's odds at the Westgate Superbook in Las Vegas, Alabama leads the list of contenders at -225. During the week, the coach bemoaned the student's lack of enthusiasm. Are you really playing as well as you're capable of playing and are you doing it on a consistent basis.

The offense has given the fan base reason to be exited. But on the next play, Storey took a keeper toward the end zone before Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses jarred the ball loose, and another Tide player, safety Deionte Thompson, made the recovery at the 1.

But after the game, all Nick Saban could talk about was how the defensive showing wasn't good enough and there's plenty to work on for them to be where they need to be when they play better opponents.

Tagovailoa fired four first-half touchdown passes, going 10-of-12 overall. Even in praising his offense, he didn't miss a chance to needle the defense a bit.

"Our message for this football team moving forward is we're going to come back in here (Sunday) and we're going to hit reset", Morris said. "This is a different team with its own identity", Saban said. I don't care if you're playing Louisiana whoever or Hoover High School, you show up to the game and you support your team.

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