Many Alabama fans are assuming the Crimson Tide will get an easy win this week against Charleston Southern.

Nick Saban isn’t.

Alabama’s coach has been just as focused on Saturday’s game with the Buccaneers, who are ranked No. 9 in FCS, as he is for any other game.

“You all might be taking the week off this week,” Saban told the assembled media during his Wednesday press conference. “But I’m not.”

Saban then proceeded to go on a rant about how you can never take teams lightly.

“It’s got to be important to the players, and it’s got to be important to us,” he said.

He brought up Alabama’s 2011 game with Georgia Southern (which was an FCS school at the time), when the Eagles ran for over 300 yards with their triple option offense. The Crimson Tide won that game 45-21, but you wouldn’t know from Saban’s comments Wednesday.

“They ran through our (rear ends) like (manure) through a tin horn, man, and we could not stop them,” Saban said.

Near the end of his tirade, Saban conceded that he couldn’t remember what the actual question was.

Georgia Southern’s athletic department was amused by Saban’s reference to that game.

The question that sparked Saban’s rant was about Charleston Southern quarterback Austin Brown, who has passed for 1,356 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 141 yards and a score. Saban claimed that Brown was a legitimate FBS-caliber quarterback.

“They do have a Division I quarterback. He plays like a Division I quarterback, and they’re very productive on offense,” Saban said.

Alabama (9-1) hosts Charleston Southern (9-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday, with the game being shown on the SEC Network.