'Bama players say no overlooking Arkansas State

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Javier Arenas figures it's time for No. 2 Alabama to stop living in the past. The Crimson Tide cornerback is talking about letdowns and breakdowns.

Saturday's opponent, Arkansas State, is an upset-minded Sun Belt Conference team just like Louisiana-Monroe was about this time last year.

Alabama (8-0) has moved on from that painful 21-14 loss to Louisiana-Monroe last season.

Now, a slip-up would bump the Tide from the ranks of top national championship contenders.

Arkansas State (4-3) has gotten 'Bama's attention with an opening upset at Texas A&M and a subsequent 83-10 drubbing of Texas Southern.

The Red Wolves are 0-7 against ranked teams under coach Steve Roberts and they're hoping to catch Alabama looking ahead to next week's visit to No. 15 LSU.

Tide coach Nick Saban finds plenty of reason to praise Arkansas State, calling quarterback Corey Leonard as good a dual-threat quarterback as Alabama has faced this season.

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