TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football coach Nick Saban spoke to reporters on Monday afternoon to open Iron Bowl week.
No. 1 Alabama plays at No. 6 Auburn on Saturday. Kickoff has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The winner of the Iron Bowl will claim the SEC West Division, and earn the right to play Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 2.
Among other things, Saban updated the status of several injured players and discussed the importance of the Iron Bowl.
Saban has been coaching in the Iron Bowl since 2007, and owns a 7-3 record while at Alabama.
“I’ve been in the middle of it for a long time so for a long time I’ve had a great appreciation for it. To be honest with you, 11 years ago, I can’t necessarily remember what I was thinking. I was thinking they were pretty good and we weren’t so good and we needed to get better. I know I was thinking that. But I’ve always had a lot of appreciation for this rivalry, even before being here. But I don’t think that you really understand the significance of a rivalry until you’re involved in it, whether it’s Ohio State-Michigan, Michigan-Michigan State. Whatever rivalry it is. To the people in that rivalry, that game is as important as it is to anybody else. I think the significance of this game probably adds a lot to it, and the game has been significant as mentioned before for seven out of the last eight years. To our fans, regardless, and to our players and to the coaches and the people who work so hard around here, I think that this is always a game of significance. This particular year, there’s a lot on the line for both teams and that should make it a great game.” — Saban
Watch Saban’s full news conference below.