It was apparent just how much this loss hurt Saban from his candid and sometimes defensive postgame comments. The coach who rarely talks about championships spoke with noticeable regret that his purportedly special team might now end the season playing Clemson in the Orange Bowl. "I still think we have one of the best teams in the country," Saban said. "I do not think we played our best game today. Everyone knew what was at stake and we did not make the plays when we needed to make them."