Nick Saban’s team emerged from a rough-and-tumble SEC regular season with just one loss.
The Crimson Tide schedule included trips to UGA (then No. 8), Texas A&M (No. 9) and Mississippi State (No. 20), as well as tough home contests versus Ole Miss (No. 15) and LSU (No. 4).
But the Crimson Tide coach said this weekend’s neutral-site SEC championship game versus No. 18 Florida will be the toughest game yet.
“They’re probably the best overall team that we’ve played against all year long,” Saban said during his Monday morning presser. “A great defensive team. Probably the highest-ranked defensive team we’ve faced all year long.”
Sure, Florida has 10 wins, but its offense hasn’t scored more than 28 points in any game since quarterback Will Grier was suspended for using a banned substance in October. The Gators hit a new low Saturday, losing 27-2 to rival Florida State at home.
Saban’s statement was likely another attempt at keeping his heavily favored team focused.