Saban: Healthy Tide will face aggressive LSU defense

By Hunter Ford

In a brief Wednesday press conference, Nick Saban said there has been a lot of “positive energy” in practice as the Crimson Tide prepares to take on LSU Saturday night at Tiger Stadium.

On the injury front, Saban said all key players have been able to practice this week and all are expected to play in Saturday night’s game.

One of the biggest challenges for the Tide, according to Saban, will be an aggressive, blitzing LSU defense. Saban said the Tigers like to put pressure on the quarterback, and play tight man-to-man defense on receivers, forcing the quarterback to make accurate passes to be successful.

Saban said the Alabama offensive line has “improved as the season has gone on.” The unit has suffered injuries in previous games that forced reserve players into action, and others to shift positions on the line.

Saban said Bradley Bozeman and Grant Hill performed well when needed, and the unit as a whole has “done a good job.”

“Everybody has kind of embraced their role of what they need to do,” he said. “You’re never really satisfied with where you are, but they have shown positive improvement as the season has gone on.”

Alabama moves up in CFP poll

The Crimson Tide is on the outside of the top four in the College Football Playoff poll, but just barely .  Alabama moved from sixth to fifth in the CFP poll during a bye week.  Alabama will have a chance to play two of the teams ranked ahead of it, Mississippi State and Auburn, and should make the playoffs if it can win out.

With Auburn’s win at Ole Miss last Saturday, the Tide also controls its own destiny to make an appearance in the SEC Championship game.