Alabama coach Nick Saban congratulates running back Mark Ingram (22) after a first half score in the SEC championship game against Florida on Saturday. The duo were celebrating again Monday when Saban was named the SEC's Coach of the Year, while Ingram earned the Player of Year honors.
Now to talk of Alabama's bowl game. Midway through the season, Saban and company had plans of back to back BCS championships, the trip to Columbia back in October ended that dream. Toss in losses to LSU and Auburn and the Tide find themselves preparing for a January first bowl date against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. Despite the fact they're playing in a non BCS game, well Saban's certainly not changing the message to his players because he doesn't want the kind of letdown they had in the Sugar Bowl game a couple of years ago against Utah.
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"You know I sorted of reminded the team that we're only better than the other team when we're at our very best. Everybody needs to make a commitment to doing the things they need to do to be their best in this game. Everybody's gotta take ownership of it, not only for themselves but for the accountability that everybody else has to it as well."
'bama favored by ten in that game against the 11-1 and 9th ranked Spartans.