Fresh off an undefeated national championship season, Nick Saban is already looking forward to facing the upcoming challenges facing his latest Crimson Tide team.

In a recent appearance on a special radio show for Alabama ticket-holders and donors, Saban shared some insight into what fans can expect from the team this fall.

One of the first things he mentioned, this team will be much younger than the 2020 version of the Crimson Tide.

“We’re going to have a lot younger team in a lot of ways, but a very talented team that will need your support,” the Alabam coach said, according to Mike Rodak of

Despite the team’s youth, Alabama better be ready to go immediately to start the season as the Tide are set to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 4, against Miami in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium before opening the SEC season with a trip to Florida on Sept. 18.

That won’t be the only potential daunting road trips the Crimson Tide face in 2021, as the team is scheduled to travel to Texas A&M on Oct. 9 and Auburn on Nov. 27.

“I’m excited about the coming season,” Saban added. “I think we had a pretty good semester this spring academically. I know we made a lot of progress in the offseason program. We made a lot of progress in spring practice. I’m looking forward to having a really, really good summer.

“You love it when you have a great team like last year, but you also have challenges so that people aren’t complacent, people are still motivated, people still want to have an attitude of being a champion that is going to help them develop and have the best chance to be successful in the coming year.”