Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron Discuss Team Plans For BYE Week
With Alabama and LSU both having their BYE weeks before the matchup next Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, head coaches Nick Saban and Ed Orgeron discussed their plans for their teams during an SEC teleconference this week.
Just like every year, the Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers have their bye week on the last weekend of October before playing each other the following Saturday.
The last time LSU played Alabama in Tuscaloosa, the Tigers were the No. 1 team in the nation on its way to winning a national championship back in 2019. However, this year has not gone so well for the LSU football program. Orgeron will no longer be the head coach for LSU once the season ends and the Tigers currently do not have enough healthy players to practice the way Orgeron would prefer.
"For example this week, we’d usually go full pads today, and then tomorrow we’d have the tiger scrimmage, Tiger Bowl," Orgeron said on Wednesday's SEC coaches teleconference. "But we don’t have enough players to do the Tiger Bowl scrimmage tomorrow, and we don’t have enough players healthy enough to have a full practice today, so you have to make adjustments.”
Orgeron stated that his team isn't even thinking about Alabama this week. Rather, the Tigers are focused on recovering and getting healthy.
As for Alabama, the Crimson Tide's BYE week consists of fewer practices, giving more time for the coaching staff to go out and do some in-season recruiting. They plan on returning to their regular practice schedule on Monday.
"During the bye week we utilize Monday and Friday to have more coaches getting out to recruit," Saban said during the teleconference. "We still try to keep in contact with as many prospects as we can."
The Crimson Tide will face off against the Tigers next Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff time will be announced Monday.