Friday, October 15, 2010

Ole Miss/Alabama: Crimson Tide Rededication

University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban (L) walks off the field in the final minutes past linebacker Chavis Williams during their NCAA college footballl game against the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina October 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
The name of the game this weekend for the Alabama Crimson Tide will be based around two basic principles…intensity and discipline.

Ole Miss quarterback Jeremiah Masoli will present the Crimson Tide defense with several challenges.

The success of the ‘Bama defense will be due in large part to discipline and playing assignment football.

Like Cameron Newton of Auburn, Masoli is an effective runner. The Ole Miss quarterback is not afraid to run when receivers are covered, or call his “own number” and make a positive play…out of a busted play.

Nick Saban always preaches the importance of playing to a “standard” and maintaining the ability to focus and play your best, regardless of what the other team is doing.

The contest with Ole Miss will be “gut check time" for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Do you want to make the drive to Atlanta and play for the SEC title, or simply collapse and watch another team take your place in the Georgia Dome?

Ole Miss is a quality team, but the game Saturday night will be more about the mental status of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Alabama is a physically gifted football team, but it takes more than physical ability to survive in the SEC. Without proper mental toughness you’re just another talented team…with several losses.

Life is easy when you’re winning, but the sign of a true champion is what comes after defeat.


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