Saban called ESPN's Maria Taylor to apologize after interview

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Alabama's quarterback competition will continue into the regular season. Alabama enters the game as heavy favorites so we expect to see both Tagovailoa and Hurts at different points, but the Cardinals are hoping to make this game much closer than the experts have predicted.

"I still like both guys", Saban responded.

Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts both played Saturday night in the Crimson Tide's 51-14 victory over Louisville, with Tagovailoa under center for the majority of the offensive snaps. "I think both guys can help our team, all right?" he said. "I'm not going to, so quit asking".

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The Crimson Tide was also penalized for 111 yards, the most in a game since 2016.

A frustrated Saban gave a terse response to Taylor during the postgame interview. Saban hadn't officially named a starter entering the season and has yet to publicly determine who his starting quarterback will be in future contests.

Saban started civilly and then showed his anger. The final numbers for Tagovailoa, who played only one series in the second half: 12 of 16 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Coaches will always have their trained eye on some details that may be overlooked by the common viewer, but it was clear which quarterback had the better game on Saturday night, and that was Tagovailoa. Saban wasn't thrilled and got unnecessarily angry.

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