Nick Saban always talks about mental intensity and playing ball for all 60 minutes.
Why, then, has Alabama gone 200 percent for one half of a game and 50 percent for the other so many times this year?
For the majority of the season, the first half has been the worst. In the first half against USC, the Tide put themselves in a hole they could not dig out of, and a poor first half against Arkansas nearly cost 'Bama that game as well.
Against LSU, 'Bama outplayed and outgained the Tigers, but at halftime the score was only 7-3 'Bama. The failure to capitalize in the first half came back to bite them as LSU won the game by a field goal.