It allowed Oklahoma to try and make the Orange Bowl matchup interesting in the fourth quarter, and surrendered 44 points to Clemson in an embarrassing loss for the College Football Playoff National Championship in California.
Saban mentioned a few times since the game on how the Tide lost its mental edge.
For a team that thrives on being imposing, the 67-year-old attacked this offseason by hiring coaches with tenure and energy on the defense.
Nick Saban and the fans of Alabama football were not happy with the defensive product the Crimson Tide had on the field last season.
In all three areas, his defenses never allowed a career average of 30+ points a game throughout his time. While some fans may be thrown off by Saban’s decision, Stephen Smith of Touchdown Alabama Magazine breaks down the hire of Stoops on Monday’s airing of In My Own Words.
One of the hires was Mike Stoops, formerly of the Oklahoma Sooners, as a defensive analyst. He served two stints with the school at defensive coordinator and was also a head coach for University of Arizona from 2004 to 2011.
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