He reminded everyone on multiple occasions last week about losses to Ole Miss in 2014 and 2015 before his Tide went out Saturday night inside Bryant-Denny Stadium and ravaged the Rebels 66-3.
"But you better be able to block 'em", he said.
"They're a very explosive offensive team", Saban said. Eli Stove led the team with a pair of receptions for a team-high 75 receiving yards, while Ryan Davis caught a team-high 6 balls for 32 yards and a touchdown and Wil Hastings' lone reception went for a 47-yard touchdown.
It was against Ole Miss a year ago when Jalen Hurts truly solidified his place as Alabama's unquestioned starting quarterback.
The way Alabama and Georgia are playing, it might happen.
"They did a really good job of gameplanning", defensive coordinator Weseley McGriff said.
Like Alabama, A&M has strung together four straight wins and continues to improve each week, especially on offense. Former Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly passed for 421 yards against the Tide last season. Ole Miss jumped out to a 24-3 before Alabama came roaring back, and then finally hung on for a 48-43 victory. They lost on the road at Cal and didn't play last week. Nick Saban teams run the ball and control the tempo and the clock. Wallace's ability to lock down his side of the field will be paramount in neutralizing the Rebels' passing prowess. Typically, Alabama exerts their will on opponents by punishing the opposing quarterback, a feature that we didn't see until the Vanderbilt game.
If A&M pulls off a similar and even more improbable feat on Saturday night at Kyle Field, the Aggies won't have to worry about being unranked this time next week. He rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries. He's, in a word, accurate, and he gets good help from those brawny receivers on the outside. This week he compiled 298 total yards and three touchdowns. Freeze resigned as head coach in July following reports that he made a phone call to a number associated with a female escort service, while Werner was sacked as Ole Miss' co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in December and was later hired by Alabama as an offensive analyst in the spring.
That thought has been tweaked a bit this season, because now league teams are facing the Crimson Tide simply hoping to stay competitive. "On area we must improve on is eye discipline", he said.
The Rebels are ineligible for a bowl game after a self-imposed, one-year postseason ban related to a long-running NCAA infractions investigation.