Nick Saban has laid down the law: No more LSU talk.
No. 4 Alabama's coach opened his Monday news conference by saying he'd have "one statement about the last game and then we're moving on."
Saban says the Crimson Tide's attention is now on Saturday night's visit to Mississippi State, not on that overtime loss or on hopes for a rematch with the top-ranked Tigers in the national title game.
Bama players can't help but hope for another shot at LSU. Tailback Trent Richardson says compared the physical LSU game to two 18-wheelers colliding. As for Round 2, he says, "Who wouldn't want to see a rematch?"
Left tackle Barrett Jones, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and tight end Brad Smelley are out for Monday's practice with injuries.
The Alabama football team practiced for two hours on Monday in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields as it begins preparations for this week's game at Mississippi State. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs will kick off Saturday, November 12, at 6:45 p.m. CT in Davis-Wade Stadium.
"We're playing against a very good team this week," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Regardless of what their record is, they've only lost to ranked teams. They've lost to ranked teams in close games. They've got a very good defensive team, and they move the ball on everybody they have played against very effectively. They have a lot of starters back from last year and a lot of experience. That's what we're focusing on, and that's what we're looking forward to."
Alabama will be meeting Mississippi State for the 96th time in school history and boasts a 73-18-3 record (not including one forfeit and one vacated win) in the series. The Tide has won three straight in the series and eight of the last 10 games. Alabama has outscored MSU 93-20 in the last three meetings. The Tide also boasts a 15-4 (.789) record against the Bulldogs in Starkville, winning eight of the last 12 games at Davis-Wade Stadium.
Saturday's game will be the eighth of the season on national television for Alabama as the game is slated to air on ESPN with Brad Nessler serving as the play-by-play announcer, Todd Blackledge as the color analyst and Holly Rowe as the sideline reporter.