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Normally Nick Saban is Gospel in Alabama. But for at least a week, the more he fretted, the more...

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Normally Nick Saban is Gospel in Alabama. But for at least a week, the more he fretted, the more the national and local media laughed at him. For seven days, 35-year-old Western Kentucky head football coach Willie Taggart and his staff prepared to do what's now considered largely impossible: beat Nick Saban's Alabama. More than any actual opponent in the calendar year of 2012, It's that perception that's drawn the most frustration for Saban, coach of the defending national champion Crimson Tide, winners of two in the last three years and holders of those 14 much-touted all-time titles. Because of the final result of the game -- a 35-0 Crimson Tide shutout -- there's no incentive to believe that Western Kentucky found a magic bullet any more than Michigan did. But Taggart and his staff know what Saban and his staff are mocked for genuinely fearing: Alabama can be beaten, and a team the caliber of Western Kentucky could very well do it. Albeit unlikely, it's entirely possible. The lessons as to how WKU could have won are shockingly simple, as are the reasons why they and many others didn't and won't.

How To Beat Alabama: Why Nick Saban Was Right About Western Kentucky - SBNation.com The SBN mothership has a great article about the week leading up to the game from the Western Kentucky perspective, and it gives a very good picture of how Saban is correct to worry about "cupcake" team upsets even when the media is already anointing Alabama as unbeatable.
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