'Bama trying to avoid another BCS bust

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Nick Saban wants all the so-called "clutter" removed from the heads of No. 1 Alabama's players.

That includes Mark Ingram's Heisman Trophy and Rolando McClain's Butkus Award. Not to mention the SEC title and the biggest clutter of all: The Crimson Tide's upcoming game against second-ranked Texas for the BCS national championship on Jan. 7.

Saban said Monday none of that matters once the game starts and none of it means a whole lot if the Tide falters the next time out. That happened at the end of last season when Alabama lost to Utah in the Sugar Bowl.

Texas has two of his former assistants on the coaching staff, Will Muschamp and Major Applewhite.

Saban said Alabama can't try to fool the Longhorns.

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