Some great thoughts from Coach Nick Saban when asked after Alabama's hard fought 31-24 victory on the road at Mississippi State about the game being harder than he wanted it to be:
"Sometimes you need hard. If we're going to beat really good teams, if we're going to be able to compete, we've got to learn how to compete in close games. Where every player counts...where you've got to play every play for 60 minutes in the game...every third down is important. There's lots of opportunities in critical situations in the game for players to make plays. And we don't always have that when we win 49-0."