Saban tried to run T.J. Yeldon for most of the game with a bad ankle. I suppose he was trying to save Kenyan Drake and the rest of the running backs for the Southeastern Conference Championship game. Add to this, very limited attempts at downfield passes and Saban’s game plan was very limited, with healthy talent sitting on the bench. I guess he can now save it for spring training.
I do not blame the players for this loss, as they were trying to do everything Saban asked them to do. It’s one thing to ask a player to play tough but something totally different to ask them to play injured and not 100 percent, as Yeldon was. In a game of this magnitude, you do not let the injured play when you have healthy players of equal talent standing on the sideline.
While Saban is one of the best college football coaches in America, this game is about the third one he’s coached at Alabama where he let himself become a victim of his own success by going too conservative in a game trying to get to the next one. While all victories are nice, he needs to understand and remember that Auburn is Alabama’s biggest rival. You do not hold anything back in this game or there might not be a next game at a higher level.
Billy E. Price