Saban, Alabama downplay big-game hype

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 3 Alabama coach Nick Saban is
adamant that he doesn't want his team's approach to change with No.
9 LSU visiting.

Saban borrowed Monday from Joe Girardi, saying the Yankees
manager said the best way to close out the World Series was to play
good baseball.

Saban said he wants the Crimson Tide to focus on playing good
football and think about what they have to gain, not what they
could lose. Alabama could clinch a spot in the SEC championship
game with a win Saturday, or LSU could move into the driver's seat.

Tight end Colin Peek is trying to work his way back from a
sprained knee. Saban said the team's No. 2 receiver was day-to-day.
Running back Terry Grant and defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick are
also day-to-day with pulled muscles.