In his weekly teleconference with Southeastern Conference reporters, Alabama Coach Nick Saban on Wednesday said that he thought tailback T.J. Yeldon is “probably for sure.” He said the situation with freshman offensive tackle Cam Robinson is “just kind of day-to-day as we increase the workload. It will be how his ankle responds to the workload.”
Alabama (7-1 overall, 4-1 SEC) plays at LSU (7-2, 3-2) at 7 p.m. CST Saturday with CBS televising the game.
Saban pointed out that both Yeldon, who is thought to have had a hamsstring issue, and Robinson, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the Tide’s last game at Tennessee, “have returned to practice. We feel like both guys could play in the game.”
The coach said, “We’ve had a good week so far. I think the players understand that this is always a big game for us. It's turned into a big rivalry game for us and I think that's because of the quality of the programs.
“LSU has been very, very successful. Les (Miles, LSU head coach) has done a fantastic job there on a consistent basis of always having a really good team.
“This game always has significance in terms of what both teams are trying to accomplish. I think our players sort of realize that. I'm sure their players do too, and are very focused on trying to be their best as football players.”
Saban was asked if there was any reason not to expect Saturday’s game to go to the wire.
“That's the kind of game we expect.,” he said. “We have so much respect for their program, their coaches, their players, knowing how they're going to compete in the game, know what kind of place this is to have to play. But if you're a great competitor, I think you like challenges like this and hopefully our players are looking at it in a real positive sense in terms of the difficulty of the challenge that we have.”