Alabama’s bye week is over, and Nick Saban and the Alabama football team begin one of the most important weeks of the season.
Saban and the Crimson Tide have a heavyweight matchup against LSU on Saturday with ESPN’s "College Gameday" in town. The winner of this battle between these two SEC West foes could gain a spot in the SEC Championship Game.
Saturday is a big day for Saban and the Crimson Tide, but Tuesday is also a big day for Saban. Tuesday is Halloween and also Saban’s 72nd birthday. Monday during his press conference, Saban was asked what he wanted for his birthday.
“The game's the most important thing,” Saban said. “That would be an outstanding birthday present, if we could play well in this game, so that's what I'm focused on and that's what we're really trying to do. When your birthday and holidays come up during the football season, they're really not holidays and they're really not birthdays. You get older, but you don't really celebrate much.”
The Alabama players are fully aware of Saban’s birthday wish and hope to make his wish come true Saturday. On Monday, Alabama’s starting quarterback Jalen Milroe was asked if he was getting Saban a gift for his birthday.
“I think the biggest gift he wants is a win this week,” Milroe said. “We all know that in the locker room, but we’re all definitely gonna tell him happy birthday. He’s getting old, but he still acts young, that’s the funny part. He does everything young. He’s a lot of fun.”
Alabama and LSU are set to kickoff at 6:45 p.m. inside Bryant-Denny Stadium with SEC West implications on the line.
A victory for Alabama would put the team in a favorable position to clinch the SEC West title and secure a spot in the SEC Championship Game. On the other hand, a loss would severely diminish Alabama's chances in the College Football Playoff race as well as the SEC Championship Game.
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