But before the two heavyweight programs lace it up in Tiger Stadium Saturday night, Les Miles delivered his expectations for a matchup that more often than not tends to go down to the wire.
“I’m kind of anticipating that (again) myself,” Miles said on Wednesday’s SEC Coaches Teleconference. “I look back on these games and they have all been that style of game that a last drive or certainly in the last half or quarter the game’s decided.
“You plan on playing four quarters in this game for sure.”
For his part Alabama coach Nick Saban agreed.
“I don’t (expect anything other than a close game). It’s the kind of game we expect,” explained Saban. “We have so much respect for their program, their coaches, their players. We know how they’re going to compete and the kind of place this is to play.”
Miles went on to compare this edition of the Crimson Tide to others he’s faced under Saban since the former LSU coach arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007.
“I think they’re very similar to some of the great teams he’s had in the past,” continued Miles. “Dominant defense, very capable offense and balanced on that offensive side. Very quality special teams. It’ll be a great matchup. They’re a very, very talented Alabama team.”
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