Letdown? Subject gets Saban's blood boiling

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Want to get Nick Saban riled? Get him to go on a nice long rant?

Ask him about the possibility of a letdown when No. 5 Alabama goes from an impressive win over No. 7 Virginia Tech to facing relatively unknown Florida International. That's the kind of attitude Saban doesn't want from players, fans or even the media.

It started him on a 3-minute answer/object lesson on Monday.

The Tide is a 33-point favorite for Saturday night's game. Next up after that is North Texas, which will be another huge underdog.

Saban found plenty of things to work on from the 34-24 opening victory. The defense only allowed 155 yards, but he said there were too many "lethal mistakes."

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