Never underestimate your opponent.
Alabama learned that the hard way. In an interview with Atlanta's 680 The Fan, Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart admitted that some of his players told him they didn't respect Cardale Jones heading into the Sugar Bowl.
"Looking back, when we had exit interviews with our players where you look in hindsight, I asked every kid, Landon Collins, Nick Perry, Jarrick Williams, the really smart [players] on our team, 'Where did we go wrong? What did we do wrong?' All three of them said, 'We did not respect the quarterback.' Our job as coaches was to make them respect the quarterback."
Jones threw for 242 yards and one touchdown, and added a rushing touchdown. The Buckeyes went on to win 42-35 and sent a shock through some in the college football world. Smart continued on about his players' lack of respect for Jones.
"They heard from the media, they heard from ESPN, they heard from everybody that he was a third-string quarterback," Smart said. "How can a third-string quarterback beat Alabama? We didn't promote him enough, and they didn't value his talents enough. And he came in — we thought he was a really good passer — well, he ran the ball well, too."
Let this be a lesson to over-prepare for everyone, no matter what string they play or who they play behind. The Tide could've avoided plays like this one.
(Source: 680 The Fan)