TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — It seems like a perfect time to catch Alabama off-guard.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide just sweated out a win in a much-hyped game with No. 10 Texas A&M. Now heavy underdog Colorado State (1-2) visits Saturday night, with No. 21 Mississippi awaiting for another Southeastern Conference showdown.
Tide quarterback AJ McCarron says the team still must "come out and handle business."
Rams coach Jim McElwain says Alabama treats every game as "playing against yourself" whoever the opponent. McElwain was the Tide's offensive coordinator for four seasons.
Besides, few wins on such a big stage provided more defensive teaching points than that one for Alabama. The Aggies' 628 yards were the most ever against a Tide defense.
Saban said games like that "take years off your life as a coach."