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These are the tough weeks for Alabama -- in a manner of speaking.Coming off a thrilling 48-43 comeback win over Ole Miss, Alabamas players must refocus and avoid any type of letdown on Saturday when the Crimson Tide host Kent State at noon ET at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.Its human nature to let off the gas against lesser opponents, but Alabama coach Nick Saban doesnt want to allow that to happen.Saban doesnt want top-ranked Alabama to fall victim to some of the pitfalls that trap other ranked teams in these types of games.The Mid-American Conference is sort of known for being able to come up against really good teams and come up with some wins, Saban said, citing arguably last weeks biggest upset and Central Michigans upset of Oklahoma State the week before as examples of what can happen to teams when they dont focus.Obviously, North Dakota State beating Iowa, which is a ranked team, this happens every week, and it happens because the teams that they are playing dont have the proper respect.They dont prepare correctly. They dont play very well and the other team has players, too, that are very capable. They need to be respected, and we need to focus on what we need to do to get better as a team and play to our standard, and that certainly is going to be the message for this week.Kent State comes into the game off a 27-7 victory over Monmouth, its first win after losses to Penn State 33-13 and North Carolina A&T 39-36 in four overtimes the first two weeks.The Flashes have struggled on offense, producing only 897 yards rushing and passing in their three outings for an average of less than 300 yards a game. But they also have held their opponents to an average of just 320 yards a game in total offense.Coach Paul Haynes says his players wont be intimidated as they prepare to meet the nations No. 1 team.We are just going to work on our execution, said Haynes. Weve been to places like Ohio State and LSU, so well be all right.What Saban wants to avoid is a duplication of the effort of both his players and coaching staff in the second week of the season when the Tide beat Western Kentucky 38-10. Saban went as far as to say that he was embarrassed at how the team played in that game.Alabamas leadership group is being more vocal this week in hopes of keeping everyone locked in and focused as to not disappoint Saban and the fans.There are no downshifts, Crimson Tide linebacker Ryan Anderson said. Were going to practice this week like were preparing for the national championship. Thats the only way were going to get better as a team.You cant downshift and then pick it back up. You just cant do it.Saban expressed some unhappiness with the way the Tide finished its win over Ole Miss. After outscoring the Rebels 45-6 over one stretch to take a 48-30 lead, the Tide gave up two quick scores to let the Rebels back within five points.All these things catch up with you if you dont fix them, correct them, focus on every play and get things executed properly, that leads to a lot of problems, he said. You dont ever want to beat yourself, and when you do things like that you give yourself an opportunity to beat yourself.Its one thing to get beat physically -- you cant cover them, you cant block them upfront -- thats different and that may happen someday. All this other stuff, you beat yourself, and that is what we have to get fixed.The game against Kent State does have one distinctive aspect to it. Kent State is Sabans alma mater, and the coach recalled a conversation with his wife about that angle.I was telling Terry this morning, I watch these games and these tapes and look out on the field and I played there, Saban said. And I cant remember too many games that I played in there.I guess Im getting old.Saban is 2-0 against his alma mater. In addition to the 48-7 win over Kent State his Alabama team recorded in 2011, Saban also owns a 28-14 win over Kent State in 1990 when he was at Toledo. Wholesale Jerseys China . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. Wholesale NFL Jerseys . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. . Denis Coderre, the former federal MP who was elected mayor on Nov. 3, has drawn the ire of some Montreal Canadiens. During last nights game he tweeted: "Hello? Can we get a one-way ticket to (minor-league) Hamilton for David Desharnais please. [url=]Wholesale Jerseys 2022
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