Nick Saban shares what he told Brian Kelly about LSU, talks Jayden Daniels and Eli Ricks
Everybody’s talking about the matchup between Georgia and Tennessee on Saturday. But there’s going to be a big game played in Baton Rouge as well, as Alabama travels to LSU.
The initial College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night and the Crimson Tide were ranked 6th and the Tigers were ranked 10th.
It’s an especially critical game for Alabama, which likely can’t afford another loss if it hopes to earn a CFP berth and have the chance to win a national championship.
Nick Saban, of course, coached at LSU, and he was asked Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference if he had given any advice to Brian Kelly before he took the job.
“LSU, people have great passion there,” Saban said. “Really good football job in every way. You’ve got a lot of really good players in the state and you have great support and great passion. He’s done a really good job of creating the sort of intangibles you need to have to have a good team.”
If the Crimson Tide is going to pick up a big road win on Saturday, containing Jayden Daniels and the LSU offense will be imperative.
“I think Jayden Daniels has played well all year,” Saban said Wednesday. “… They’ve all gotten more confident in their ability to execute. … I think he has benefitted from the same things — much more comfortable with the system and that’s enhanced his ability to improve and play better, not that I ever thought he played poorly.”
One player for whom Saturday’s game will have added meaning is Alabama defensive back Eli Ricks, who transferred to the Crimson Tide from LSU.
Ricks has played better lately and Saban addressed his progress Wednesday.
“Eli just had to go through a lot of transitions here in terms of what he had learned before and trying to learn our system and getting confident in it,” Sban said. “We’ve always thought he was a good player.”
Alabama’s matchup with LSU is set for 7 p.m. (ET) on Saturday. The game will be televised by ESPN.