Nick Saban took notice of the SEC’s week 1 struggles. And now he is warning his team and the media about Alabama’s next opponent, Western Kentucky.
The Hilltoppers, who won Conference USA last year, won their opener 46-14 over Rice. Given that Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn and Kentucky lost last weekend, Saban wants his team on high alert.
“Most people probably don’t know that Western Kentucky is a good team,” Saban said in his press conference. “They finished in the top 25 last year. They lost their quarterback, but they have a lot of starters backs. They play physical football. This is a good team. We can’t take them for granted.”
Despite losing their quarterback, Western Kentucky’s new starter Mike White was named Conference USA’s Player of the Week. White threw for 517 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Rice.
Saban: "We had two teams in our league that actually lost to teams that were nowhere near as good as (Western Kentucky)."
— Charlie Potter (@Charlie_Potter) September 5, 2016
Maybe Saban thought so much of Western Kentucky he was referring to the school being better than Wisconsin and Clemson, or South Alabama and fellow Conference USA member Southern Miss.
No.1 Alabama did beat No. 20 USC 52-6 in the season-opener. Alabama and Western Kentucky play at 3:30 on Saturday. The game will be Alabama’s home opener.