Nick Saban isn't exactly lavishing praise on Alabama's performance in a memorable win over Texas A&M.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide showed ''competitive character,'' beat a good division rival and played ''halfway decent'' in the middle of the game between early and late lapses. Those are the positive reviews.
Two days after the 49-42 victory over the No. 10 Aggies, Saban and Alabama players kept the game in perspective.
It is still September, after all.
''Where do we go from here?'' Saban said Monday. ''I think focus needs to be on improving as a team. There's no question I don't feel like we are where we need to be as a team. There's definitely many, many things that we need to improve on. I think the most important part of that is going to be players having the discipline to trust and believe in doing the things the way we want them done.
''Without that improvement, we're not going to get where we want to go. We're not going to become the team that we could be.''