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Nick Saban believes Alabama faces a unique challenge with a visit to SEC-newcomer Missouri on Saturday.
The test seems far greater for the Tigers, however, as they face the nation's No. 1 defense without their starting quarterback.
In their first trip to Faurot Field in 34 years, the top-ranked Crimson Tide try to frustrate redshirt freshman Corbin Berkstresser and prevent Missouri from picking up its first SEC victory.
The Tigers (3-3, 0-3) squandered a golden opportunity to notch their first SEC win last Saturday by falling 19-15 at home to perennial conference doormat Vanderbilt.
"This year, there's so much hype being in the SEC, and you've got all the outside voices telling you that you (stink) and you're not worthy,'' Missouri offensive tackle Elvis Fisher said. "We know what we do here. We work our butts off. And then it's devastating to go out there and not put on your best performance.''
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Alabama coach Nick Saban says the latest Southeastern Conference weekend shows how little predictions mean in college football.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide, which plays at Missouri Saturday, returns from an open date to a different SEC landscape - except at the top. Saban said Monday Florida's win over LSU and South Carolina beating Georgia shows the game's parity.
Alabama may have had a bye last week, but that didn't call for head coach Nick Saban to take a "mental break" of any kind. He said he may have left town, may have watched other games Saturday, but all the while he was honed in on his own team.
On the SEC Coaches' Teleconference Wednesday morning, Missouri head coach said that Alabama is a team that doesn't have any weaknesses. Nick Saban would probably like to disagree with that statement.
Nick Saban, who is head coach at Alabama, and Gary Pinkel, head coach at Missouri, first met as student-athletes at Kent State University in the 1970s. Both have stayed in football as coaches, and both have been head coaches for many years, and they meet for the first time this week.
When Alabama goes to Columbia Saturday to face Missouri, the conversation will be on the Crimson Tide defense going against a no-huddle offense, particularly since Bama Coach Nick Saban expressed concern about player safety in games where teams use the hurry-up attack.