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There are surely plenty of other things Saban and his players can pick over.
"Just little mistakes," nose guard Josh Chapman said. "Not capitalizing. Finishing. That's the main thing. We practice this day in, day out, from spring ball. Finish plays. Little things like that.
"When you don't finish the plays in practice it kind of carries over in the game. We didn't finish on a lot of things out there and those guys capitalized on a lot of mistakes."
Tide players have had two months to stew over, and study, that game. They've had extra time since Alabama hasn't played since Nov. 26 at Auburn, while LSU dispatched Georgia in the SEC championship game.
"We just fell short, but this time around I feel like everybody absolutely knows everything they're going to do from watching film," linebacker Dont'a Hightower said. "I feel like we've got a real good game plan so we've just got to go out and execute it."
Fellow linebacker Nico Johnson said he "watched it a lot after we lost," and once more during Auburn week.
"It was bothering me to see what point of the game that it kind of turned around and what plays caused this and that, and just trying to watch that and see what happened," Johnson said. "There were a lot of plays that they made. They made some big plays that kind of gave them the momentum and took intensity away from us. That kind of turned the game around."
And left plenty of what-ifs for the Tide to ponder.
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