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Les Miles couldn't best Nick Saban for a third-straight time in the regular season.
Les Miles may draw a lot of criticism for his decisions throughout the biggest game of the season for the Tigers. He ran a fake field goal on 4th-and-12, tried an onside kick, attempted a 54-yard field goal and went for a 4th-and-short late in the game instead of punting.
It’s easy to say if Miles had done things differently, the Tigers would have won. But, he preaches an aggressive team that plays their game. Miles was aggressive with his play calls and his team responded well.
If Alabama didn’t make a big play late in the game, no one would question Miles’ decisions.
On the positive, he did put the game in the hands of his quarterback in the second half and Mettenberger performed at an extremely high level. The confidence that Miles put in his QB could be a great motivator for the Tigers as they prepare for their bowl game.