Saban hopes Tulane game teaches UA players lesson

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama coach Nick Saban hopes the Tulane game made believers of his players.

He said the closer-than-expected game backs up his message to the 11th-ranked Crimson Tide that there are no breathers in college football.

It's a lesson he hopes they take to heart Saturday night against Western Kentucky.

The Tide won 20-6 against the Green Wave, thanks to two special teams touchdowns.

Saban also updated some injury situations.

He said left tackle Andre Smith and receiver Earl Alexander are day-to-day with injuries.

Saban said Smith would practice Monday and Alexander would participate in limited fashion.

All other players are expected to play.

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