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.''
Winning this week seems far less likely considering the Tigers are 0-12 all-time ag...