Lane Kiffin discusses his relationship with Nick Saban, praises Bryce Young's 'Superman' capabilities
No. 11 Ole Miss plays host to No. 9 Alabama on Saturday.
The game lost a bit of its luster after the Crimson Tide’s loss to LSU last weekend, at least as it relates to College Football Playoff implications
But it’s an absolute must-win for both teams if either hopes to advance to the SEC Championship game or have a chance to earn a CFP berth.
For the Rebels to come out victorious, Lane Kiffin said his team will have to do its best to contain Alabama QB Bryce Young.
“He’s kind of put on his Superman cape a couple of times this year and brought them back in games,” said Kiffin of Young during the weekly SEC coaches teleconference Wednesday. “… You think back of the old Alabama teams prior to the last few quarterbacks, not elite first-round Heisman candidate or winner types of quarterbacks. It changes the game, because at any point when a team is doing well against them, he can bring them back.”
Kiffin added that in general he’d like to see better play from his defense than he has seen as of late.
“We played well earlier in the year, but we haven’t played well these past 3 games,” said Kiffin of his defense. “It’ll be a big challenge for us.”
Kiffin also added he knows Nick Saban will have his team ready to play Saturday.
“Maybe since the first year he’s been there, I don’t think he’s lost after a loss,” Kiffin said. “That tells you how good of a motivator he is after a loss.”
Finally, Kiffin was asked Wednesday to comment on the state of his current relationship with his former boss.
“I think it’s good,” Kiffin said. “We see each other at meetings and talk. Last one, we sat down for breakfast with Kirby (Smart) and Billy Napier. It was kind of like an old staff meeting.”
Ole Miss and Alabama are set for a 3:30 p.m. (ET) kick off Saturday. The game will be televised by CBS and the Crimson Tide are currently 12-point favorites.