Posted September 17, 2013 on AP on Fox

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team onto the field to face the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Colorado State coach Jim McElwain knows former boss Nick Saban well enough to expect Alabama to be highly motivated to improve on its disappointing defensive performance of last weekend. Saban's former offensive coordinator brings the Rams to Tuscaloosa on Saturday night with the daunting task of facing the top-ranked Crimson Tide, who are eager to get back on track defensively in their home opener. McElwain guided Alabama's offense from 2008-11, helping to win two national championships while getting an up-close look at one of the nation's top defensive programs. That's why the second-year Colorado State coach is well aware that the Tide (2-0) expect to rebound in a big way from last Saturday, when they allowed a school-record 628 yards in a 49-42 road win over Johnny Manziel and then-No. 6 Texas A&M. "I'm sure the numbers there put up by A&M and by that quarterback, they'll use that motivation to come back this week and try to shut us out," McElwain said. "Getting read...
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