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Nick Saban Speaks On College GameDay Before The Iron Bowl

Alabama head coach Nick Saban on the sideline of a game.

TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA - OCTOBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on in the final minutes of their 48-7 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Iron Bowl rarely takes a backseat on the college football schedule, but it doesn't have quite the same hype as it often does, with Alabama sitting at No. 5, and Tua Tagovailoa out for the rest of the season. College GameDay skipped a trip to Auburn for the game in order to make its first trip to Minnesota for the Big Ten West title fight with Wisconsin, but Nick Saban did make an appearance on the broadcast.

Earlier this week, Saban made some headlines, saying that Auburn may be the best team that Alabama will face this season. There are definitely some in the Bayou who will take exception with that.

Considering Alabama lost to LSU, the undefeated No. 2 team in the country, the quote definitely stood out.

Saban expanded on that a bit during his GameDay appearance this morning. Via 247Sports:

“Discipline is the most important thing when you play against an offense we’re going to face against Auburn,” Saban said. “They do a lot of different things. Lots of motions, lots of shifts and formations that can create some confusion. Basically, we need to look at the right things, key the right thing. We need to stay focused on what we need to do to do our jobs well.

He was also very complimentary of Mac Jones, who will make the biggest start of his career today at Jordan-Hare Stadium, a place that has given Saban as much trouble as any road venue during his Alabama tenure.

“I think Mac’s had a nice week of practice and I think he’s starting to assume the role of leadership and be a commander. I think he has to play within himself. It’s very important, because their defense is very good, that the people around him play well too.”

Nick Saban may be trying to promote his team and get the ears of the College Football Playoff selection committee this week, but he's not lying about that Auburn defense. Per ESPN's SP+ rankings, Auburn has the fourth best defense in the country.