TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke with reporters following practice on Wednesday.
No. 1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC) travels to Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday for an SEC West clash against No. 13 LSU (5-2, 3-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Highlights from Saban’s time at the podium:
- I’ve talked a lot about how when you get in this part of the season, you really want to be playing your best football of the season. It’s going to be important to practice well and not have any let up. The fundamentals are important.
- This is obviously one of the best teams in our league. It’s going to be a tough challenge for us.
- It’s going to come down to the fundamentals.
- B.J. Emmons sprained his foot. He’s out indefinitely. Bo Scarbrough was ill today. He’s day-today.
- Danny Etling has made their offense more balanced. He’s very smart, and does a good job of running their offense. They also have a lot of good skill players.
- We’ll see how we do on Saturday against the run. Arkansas was a physical team, but they didn’t have as good an offensive line as we’ll see on Saturday. I don’t think anyone has as good of running backs as they do.
- Alphonse Taylor hasn’t been able to do a lot outside of individual drills. Still day-to-day.
- Tony Brown has done a good job this week. He appreciates the opportunity he has. He’s eager to do well, and we want to help him do well.
- Timing is very important in the passing game. We need to continue to improve in that area. It’s going to be a challenge because this is the most athletic secondary we’ve faced so far. They’re going to play tight coverage so we’re going to have to do a good job of taking care of the ball.
- I was pleased with the way our community responded and helped the people in Baton Rouge and those affected by the storm. It wasn’t about the rivalry or anything like that. It’s about helping people.
- Now it’s time for the game. Our players have worked hard and I’m sure their players have as well to make something out of this season. We’re excited for the challenge.