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What Gus Malzahn said about playing Alabama

Alabama coach Nick Saban won’t coach in Saturday’s Iron Bowl showdown vs. Auburn, but that’s not going to lessen the stakes of a matchup pitting two nationally-ranked teams during rivalry weekend in Tuscaloosa. Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said this week his team is anxious to perform on the biggest stage of the year, one he admits he thinks about “365 days” annually.

“We’re playing the No.1 team in the country and since I’ve been the coach here, I think they’ve been No. 1 or No. 2 every year but one, and that was last year when they were No. 5,” Malzahn said. “It’s the same old story. We’re excited to go there and play and I know our players are looking forward to this.”

After testing positive for COVID-19, Saban will miss his first game against Auburn since becoming Alabama’s head coach.

“The biggest thing I’m going to miss about it is being with our players, being a part of our team and helping those players have the best opportunity to be successful,” Saban said.

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Here’s everything Malzahn said heading into Saturday’s showdown against the top-ranked Crimson Tide:

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