TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama coach Nick Saban says game manager is the ultimate compliment for a quarterback.
He says that's what the top-ranked Crimson Tide has in the nation's top-rated passer AJ McCarron. No. 5 LSU would love to get similar efficiency from strong-armed Zach Mettenberger in Saturday night's game.
Both are supported by punishing tailbacks and terrific defenses.
McCarron has been the consummate game manager and played mistake-free football.
The Alabama quarterback's 262 consecutive passes without an interception is the second-longest in Southeastern Conference history, behind the 325 thrown by Kentucky's Andre' Woodson.
McCarron says the game manager label means taking what the defense gives and "not making any bonehead mistakes."
Miscues could be especially costly in this game. Alabama leads the SEC with 14 interceptions and LSU is second with 13.