Miles and Saban discuss LSU vs. Alabama game

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On mobile, click the link to watch a replay of the news conference -

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media to discuss the Crimson Tide hosting the Tigers in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

No. 4 LSU (7-0) heads into Bryant-Denny Stadium as an underdog to No. 7 Alabama (7-1).

Saban took the podium around noon to field questions about the game and his team.

Miles gave his preview of the huge matchup less than an hour later.

Miles said his Tigers focused more on special teams during the off week in preparing for the Crimson Tide. He also downplayed the strategic advantage of having Kevin Steele on his staff after he was with Alabama.

Miles said he expects all of the injured players to play in the game, including Christian LaCouture, J.D. Moore and Tre'Davious White.

"They should relish this moment," Miles said about the Bama game. "It's why they came to LSU."

"The greatest credential of a Heisman Trophy candidate is a very successful team," Miles said about running back Leonard Fournette.

How often do fans ask whether LSU will beat Bama this year?

"Daily or weekly?" Miles joked. "There's great interest in this game."

Miles said games like this are won months ago with hard work and determination.

The Crimson Tide has won the last four times the teams have met, including the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

Earlier that season, No. 1 LSU beat No. 2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa in what was dubbed "The Game of the Century."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The game will air on WAFB.

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