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Nick Saban openly wonders if Ole Miss knew his team's defensive signals

Nick Bromberg
·2-min read

Did Ole Miss know what defensive plays Alabama was going to run on Saturday night?

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban raised that possibility after Alabama’s 63-48 win. He praised Ole Miss’ offensive execution on a night where the teams combined to set an SEC record for most yards in a game and wondered if former assistant Lane Kiffin’s team had an idea of what Alabama was going to do on defense.

“It seems like everything we did they had an answer for,” Saban said. “I don’t know if they had our signals or what. But that’s not anything unusual. But it seemed like every time we called something they had the best play they could have against it and they had a really good plan. Lane is a really good coach. They have a good offensive team.”

As Saban notes, it’s not unusual for a team to have the others’ signals. That’s why teams change their signals up often. They know that opposing teams can pick them up from watching film. He’s not exactly choosing Ole Miss of cheating.

Kiffin tweeted Sunday that Ole Miss didn’t have Alabama’s signals either. And then he told his old boss and former employer to go win the national title.

The win against Ole Miss ran Saban’s record against former assistants coaching opposing teams to 21-0. And if that record is going to get to 22-0, Alabama needs to be a lot better defensively. The No. 2 Crimson Tide play No. 3 Georgia on Saturday night in matchup of the only two unbeaten teams left in the SEC.

A masked Alabama coach Nick Saban speaks with defensive back Josh Jobe (28) during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Alabama won 63-48. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Alabama and Ole Miss combined for over 1,300 yards on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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