Alabama took lessons from its home opener against Mercer.
The Bears played with discipline, and its offense scored 14 points. Defensively, Mercer had Alabama’s offense struggling until a blocked punt for a touchdown on special teams got it going. Coach Nick Saban returns to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday to face Southern Mississippi. He wants the fans to bring the “Alabama standard” with their support; however, he also does not want players looking ahead to Ole Miss. During Thursday’s airing of “Hey Coach,” Saban spoke about the defense of the Golden Eagles.
Southern Mississippi has allowed 17.