The Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 10-0 and rose to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings with a win at Mississippi State last weekend, but it was far from an easy task.

However, QB Jalen Hurts showed some impressive improvement as a passer, connecting on 10 of his 18 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown.

On Wednesday night, coach Nick Saban said he’s confident that Hurts can make throws when he needs to, especially if teams defend the Crimson Tide a certain way:

Hurts hasn’t had to do much as a passer this year, simply because the Crimson Tide have been so good at running the ball. However, LSU and Mississippi State have performed much better against Alabama’s ground game.

If the Tide are going to win the Iron Bowl in two weeks, they’ll need to figure out how to open up their offense. Hurts and his right arm will be a big part of that.