Saban tops this week's story lines
1. Saban's revenge: So Nick Saban gets a crack at his old team, the LSU Tigers, with a possible SEC title game berth on the line. The hype on this one will be second only to Patriots-Colts in the national sports scene. The "Saban Game" -- as much as everyone connected to it will try and minimize the coach's emotional impact here -- would be even bigger were it at LSU, given the Tigers fans jilted feeling toward the new Bama coach. Still, people have been pointing toward this matchup since the day Saban was named Bama's coach, and not just because this figured to be LSU's toughest road game all season. The Tide have been a little better than expected, and expectations are rising after their thumping of Tennessee a few weeks back.
On Monday, Saban gave credit to Les Miles and his staff for developing the talent Saban left at LSU and for bringing in and developing players that helped the Tigers continue to win, Carl Dubois writes in this story, which also has a great shot of the zany Miles.