Alabama’s dreams of a national championship season might have died in Baton Rouge on Saturday night after a 32-31 loss to LSU.

The Crimson Tide now have 2 losses and will need a lot of help if they hope to somehow earn a College Football Playoff berth.

Nick Saban’s team will also have a chance to help itself Saturday with a big road game at No. 11 Ole Miss.

For now, however, Alabama finds itself being widely criticized for its play this season, which Saban was asked about Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference.

“We work every day to try to get our players to play at a standard,” Saban said. “… We lost 2 games by a total of 4 points, both on the last play of the game. … Are there a lot of things we can do better? Are we satisfied with where we are as a team? Absolutely not. But sometimes when the standard is so high, there can be times when you don’t meet the standard and expectation everyone has for you.”

Slowing down the Ole Miss offense will be crucial Saturday if Alabama is going to get back in the win column.

And Saban understands the challenge associated with that task.

“I think Lane (Kiffin) is one of the best offensive coaches in the country,” Saban said. “First-hand experience from when he was here. … Defensively, all 11 guys have to be on the same page and play responsibility football.”

Saban also said he has been highly impressed with Ole Miss freshman RB Quinshon Judkins.

“He’s a good player,” Saban said. “He’s had an outstanding year. … A really, really good competitor. … He’s relentless in the way he carries the ball.”

The Crimson Tide’s matchup with Ole Miss will air on CBS at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday.