Saban says work on Auburn began during Tide’s bye week

TUSCALOOSA – One game at a time?
It’s Alabama coach Nick Saban’s mantra, but after Saturday’s 45-0 victory over Chattanooga, he admitted that preparation for Friday’s game against Auburn started a few weeks ago.
“We worked on some of our future opponents during the bye week a couple of weeks ago, so we did spend some time on it then,” he said.
Alabama’s open date was Oct. 31, the week before a 24-15 victory over LSU.
“I think we understand what we need to do,” Saban said. “It’s going to be difficult preparation, because they do a really good job with their offense in terms of personnel, their formations and how they utilize those things.
“They have a really good back, they run the ball effectively. They’ve made a lot of explosive plays in the passing game, sometimes when people don’t adjust properly and sometimes because they are trying to stop the run.
“This will be a challenging game for us in every way. It’s an important game for everybody that’s involved in terms of our program here that we do a good job of getting our players ready to play their best football, and our coaches will do whatever they need to do to get that done.”