Alabama Crimson Tide: Nick Saban Tough with Time to Prepare

By Tim Letcher

During his career as a college football coach, Nick Saban has proven time and again that he is among the greatest to ever coach the sport. He has won four BCS National Championships, one as head coach of the LSU Tigers and three during his time with the Alabama Crimson Tide. This places Saban among the greatest of all-time, including Alabama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant.

Another thing that is obvious about Saban is that if he has more than a week to prepare, his teams are extremely dangerous. Ask the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who were crushed by the Tide in last year’s BCS Championship Game. Or LSU, who Alabama beat the year before.

That history bodes well for Alabama heading into Saturday’s showdown with LSU. Both teams had the week off last week, and there is little doubt that Saban will have a wrinkle or two for the Tigers on Saturday night.

Saban’s challenge this season, in stopping LSU, is more difficult than in years past. LSU has added a solid passing game to their usual strong running game, which makes planning for their offense more challenging. Before Cam Cameron arrived in Baton Rouge, if teams could stop the LSU running attack, they could stop LSU. That’s no longer the case.

Another challenge for Saban is that this Alabama defense is not as good as some past defenses, although they have continued to improve through the season. That improvement has come against weaker competition, though, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against a legitimately tough offense.

And it will be interesting to see what Saban has in store to shut down the LSU attack.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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