The former Florida quarterback said on ESPN's "First Take" Friday that he thinks Saban was spot on in calling out the Crimson Tide student section for their shoddy attendance against Louisiana-Monroe.
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.
He opened the game with a insane stat line: He threw 2-for-2 for 123 yards and two touchdowns. "You're not really competing against the other team, you are competing against yourself". Against Arkansas, sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 10-of-13 passes for 334 yard and four touchdowns and Damien Harris ran for 111 yards and two scores for Alabama, who didn't cover as 35-point favorites. "This is a different team with its own identity", Saban said. "This offense continues to get better, and it's the best we've played against the best team we've played".
Arkansas first-year coach Chad Morris, who recruited and coached Deshaun Watson at Clemson, had high praise for Tagovailoa. You keep seeing numbers like that - he hasn't thrown a pass in the fourth quarter because he hasn't had to. "I thought we executed our game plan very well and I thought that (offensive coordinator Joe) Craddock and our offensive staff did a great job putting the plan together".
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The margin grew to 21-0 before Arkansas (1-5, 0-3) got on the scoreboard.
"We now have five defensive players that are out for an extended period of time that were starters or in the two-deep".
"We made a lot of mistakes on defense", said Saban after watching his team allow 405 yards to a one-win Arkansas team.
"You don't really beat the other team when you give up 31 points, Saban said in his postgame press conference".