TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Although the setting will be different, the scene is familiar to Alabama and Nick Saban.
This time last year, the No. 1 Crimson Tide was off to a blazing start, including wins like 59-0 over Vanderbilt and 66-3 to Ole Miss when the first hiccup of the season happened. It wasn't a loss, but Alabama struggled to beat Texas A&M, leading to the now-famous quote from the coach about how the widespread praise had been like "rat poison" to his team.
With No. 1 Alabama hosting No. 22 Texas A&M at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday (3:30 p.m. EST, CBS), it might still be his biggest problem.