How Nick Saban says Alabama football is preparing for Ole Miss game

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News
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This time when Nick Saban mentioned a day of reckoning, it didn't involve stories of his years growing up or smacking the lectern like he did after the Mercer game. 

Instead, Saban brought up the phrase with no edge in his voice after practice Wednesday in a week of Alabama football practices that have been "pretty good" with good attention and focus. 

"Our players have been really good," Saban said. "I talked to players afterwards about you've got to be accountable for your actions because there's always a day of reckoning. And if you do the right things, you have the right effort, you have the right habits, you do the right things, you have the right words, you're accountable to everything that you do, then your reckoning is always good. When you don't do that, you know, sometimes things don't work out so good when the reckoning comes."

Saban didn't use the reckoning word to describe the matchup against No. 12 Ole Miss, but he did say it's probably the first big game to which Bryant-Denny Stadium has played host in about a year and a half, largely because of COVID-19 limiting crowds in 2020. 

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"I know we've had a couple home games but this is an SEC game at home for the first time in a couple years, and I hope our fans are as excited about it as our team is," Saban said. "Playing a really good team." 

Saban is also looking for the fans to match that excitement in the stands Saturday. He mentioned the hostile environment in Gainesville two weeks ago against Florida. 

"I mean it was really, really tough on our team," Saban said. "And you could tell. So hopefully we can make it a little bit that way for their team." 

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