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Friday, September 13, 2013
For Nick Saban, there are no big games

By ESPN.com staff



This isn't just any ordinary week for Alabama and Nick Saban.

It's Texas A&M week.

Saban's renowned for peering in his rear-view mirror about as often as fish come up for air, but you can bet that one thing in particular resonates with him regarding last season.

It's not that the Crimson Tide captured their second straight national championship. It's not that they put themselves in a position to do what no other college football team has done in the modern era, and it's not that they further established themselves as the team everybody is clamoring to beat.

Nope. Saban's chief takeaway from last season is that the Aggies waltzed into Bryant-Denny Stadium and were the better team that afternoon.

The Crimson Tide have done their best to downplay the revenge factor in Saturday's game, but there's a reason they're 7-1 in so-called revenge games under Saban with an average margin of victory of 20.9 points in those wins.

Nobody's any better than Saban at dissecting his team's weaknesses, making the proper adjustments and zeroing in on what's right in front of him.

To read the rest of Chris Low's story, click here.