Steve Sarkisian is ready to take on Alabama this season, and believes Texas knows what it takes to go into Tuscaloosa.

Alabama is set to host Texas on Sept. 9 in Tuscaloosa. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff on ESPN.

“We have to embrace the moment and understand what that moment is,” Sarkisian said on Wednesday at Big 12 Media Days. “And we gotta play good football. Thought we played them well a year ago, we didn’t play well enough. And so the key to drill, when we go there we have to play better than we did last time, and I think we can.”

Last year, Alabama escaped Austin after a pair of fourth-quarter plays by Bryce Young set up Will Reichard’s 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds left to lead Alabama to a 20-19 victory.

“I think we’ll have the mental fortitude to go do it,” he said. “The mental toughness to go do it and the physical toughness to go do it because this is going to be a physical football game. They’re a big, physical football team that will be very well coached and we just have to make sure that they get our best shot.”