This weekend, we finally get the Lane Kiffin vs. Nick Saban matchup we’ve been waiting for since Lane took the Ole Miss job last December.
Kiffin will be looking to become the first former Saban assistant to defeat their old boss. So far, Saban is undefeated in 20 matchups against his former staffers.
Not surprisingly, the usually quotable Kiffin had a great line today about if having worked with Saban gives him any sort of leg up for this weekend.
“Everyone thinks it’s an advantage that I’ve worked with him. But if it’s an advantage, why is he 20-0 against his former assistants? If you think it’s an advantage, you’re not a very good gambler,” Kiffin said.
More good quotes from Lane Kiffin about Nick Saban:
“Everyone thinks it’s an advantage that I’ve worked with (Saban). But if it’s an advantage, why is he 20-0 against his former assistants? If you think it’s an advantage, you’re not a very good gambler.”
— Nathanael Gabler (@nategabler) October 5, 2020
Despite the curious timing in which he left Alabama, we don’t doubt that Kiffin has a lot of respect for Nick Saban and what he did for his career.
Still, that didn’t prevent the 45-year-old head coach from having some fun at Saban’s expense this afternoon. When addressing the Crimson Tide’s lack of opt-outs, Kiffin joked that Saban “must have had a great plan.”
Here's the full comment from Lane Kiffin: pic.twitter.com/r0jhs2WwzY
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) October 5, 2020
Alabama and Ole Miss will kick off at 6 p.m. ET Saturday night from Oxford.
ESPN will broadcast the action.