You may have noticed the Big 10 and ACC commercials where the coaches of each team appear extolling the virtues of sportsmanship. Similarly, the NCAA now requires pre-game handshakes between opposing teams.
The message was apparently lost on Nick Saban.
Up by 18 with something over 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter, he fakes a field goal and Alabama gets the first down. With approximately 1:20 left at the UK 14, Saban calls timeout on 4th down then calls a fade into the end zone; fortunately, incomplete.
His motivation? No doubt he was hoping to wrest a few votes for #1 from the game and was concerned because UF had scored more points and allowed less the week before while also playing in Lexington.
He should probably be worrying about Auburn.