Nick Saban went on another press-conference diatribe earlier this week, lashing out at media that, in his eyes, buried Alabama after the Tide lost at home to Ole Miss, 43-37, on Sept. 19.
The Tide have since beaten Louisiana Monroe, 34-0, and then-No. 8 Georgia, 38-10.
You would think most coaches would love bulletin-board material to help motivate their players. Saban, apparently, doesn’t want or need any of that.
What’s his deal?
“Yeah, he’s a bitter little guy, isn’t he?” former NFL offensive lineman and current CBS Sports college football analyst Randy Cross said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “I’m sorry. That’s the only thing that comes to mind. When I watch that, I just sort of laugh and shake my head. You can’t make some people happy. If they barely win, he’s going to rip on his team. If they win convincingly, he’s going to rip on people who didn’t think they could win convincingly. I don’t know who he’s talking to because he sure as heck isn’t talking to the media. If he’s talking to the media, he’s got them disguised as somebody that cares (about) what he thinks.”
Georgia was favored to beat Alabama this past Saturday but was instead embarrassed in its home stadium. It was a 3-3 game midway through the second quarter, but then Alabama reeled off 35 unanswered points to take a 38-3 lead.
It’s anyone’s guess how No. 19 Georgia (4-1, 2-1) responds at Tennessee (2-3, 0-2) this Saturday.
“How do you try to prevent one loss (from) turning into two?” Cross asked. “Teams get beat up like that by Alabama, the next week tend to have a hard time refocusing. (Alabama) can do that (to you). And that was not a fluke type of a thing. They just went into their place, at that time, took all their milk money and just went home.”
Granted, it will also be interesting to see how Tennessee responds after arguably the most embarrassing four-game stretch in program history. The Vols have lost to Oklahoma, Florida and Arkansas despite leading by two scores in all three games.
“I think Joshua Dobbs and Tennessee, sure they’re got their problems. They can’t hold a lead,” Cross said. “I know one thing: if Tennessee is down at the end of the fourth or towards the end of the fourth quarter by a touchdown or so, I like their chances. If they’re up by 10 or 14, look out. But I could see Tennessee winning that game, to be honest with you.”
Kickoff in Knoxville is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET.