Nick Saban Criticizes Alabama Defense Despite 65-31 Win over Arkansas

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistOctober 7, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER 6:  Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide jogs off the field before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabamai.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The scoreboard said the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide dominated the Arkansas Razorbacks 65-31 on Saturday.

Nick Saban thought differently.

"I don't think that you really beat the other team when you give up 31 points, like we did today, at least on the defensive perspective," Saban said after Alabama improved to 6-0, per ESPN.com's Mitch Sherman.

"We need to coach them better," he added. "We need to prepare them better. They need to be able to make adjustments in the game better."

To Saban's point, the Crimson Tide allowed a season-high 31 points after entering the day ranked fifth nationally in scoring defense (13.0 PPG).

The Razorbacks, who dropped to 1-5 with the loss, finished with 405 total yards and were only outscored by seven points (24-17) after halftime as the Tide took their foot off the gas following a 41-point eruption in the first half.

Arkansas signal-caller Ty Storey finished 25-of-39 for 230 yards and two touchdowns, while Razorbacks rushers piled up 31 carries for 172 yards and a score.

"We're going to play a lot better offensive teams," Saban said. "We're going to play a lot better offensive team this weekone of the best offensive teams in the country in Missouri. We just need a lot of guys to have a little more focus, a little discipline, a little more confidence in believing that they can do their job the way we want them to do it."

The Tigers, led by senior quarterback Drew Lock, have scored at least 29 points during their 3-2 start to the season. However, their defense has been burned to the tune of 28.8 points per gamer following Saturday's 37-35 loss to South Carolina.

Expect the Crimson Tide to have a sizable advantage on both sides of the ball when that game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Oct. 13.


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