He looked, to me, like a coach who realized the tables had been turned, like a fighter who is used to knockout wins realizing he's about to get knocked out.
Many have used this to start the narrative of Saban losing his touch, or Saban's era being over.
I think it's the opposite.
He just got what he had not had in a long time: a tail kicking.
If he's coaching, he's going to be more motivated than ever before.
Can I tell a quick Saban story?
I knew a guy who worked in the Alabama athletic department during one of the national championships. He was in the office a few days after the title win, and he encountered a football staffer rushing down the hall, looking like someone had kicked his dog. What could this guy possibly be so upset about, the guy wondered. So, he asked. Saban had spent the flight home drilling his staff about falling behind on recruiting. On the flight home from a championship win!
I bring that up because imagine what that flight home was like after last night's game.