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Nick Saban takes backhanded swipe at Southern Miss, Mississippi State

Alabama coach Nick Saban applauds on the sideline during the game against USC on Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
Alabama coach Nick Saban applauds on the sideline during the game against USC on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. Associated Press

Alabama football coach Nick Saban always finds a way to pump up that week's opponent no matter how inferior they may be to the Crimson Tide.

On Monday, Saban was back at it with Western Kentucky coming to Tuscaloosa for a 2:30 p.m. game on Saturday.

In the process of praising WKU, he seemed to take a minor swipe at South Alabama and Southern Miss.

“We had two teams in our league that lost to teams that were nowhere near this good (as WKU),” Saban said, according to Ben Jones of the Tuscaloosa News.

It's fair to assume that he's talking about USM's 44-35 win at Kentucky and USA's 21-20 shocker at Mississippi State on Saturday. The other non-conference losses on a poor opening weekend for the SEC were: West Virginia over Missouri, Wisconsin over LSU and Clemson over Auburn.

While Wisconsin's win in Green Bay was somewhat of an upset, it's hard to believe that Saban is comparing the Badgers to WKU.

It's not a stretch to believe that WKU is better than both USM and South Alabama. After all, WKU did beat USM 45-28 in the C-USA title game in Bowling Green, Ky., last year.

Even with former star quarterback Brandon Doughty now with the Miami Dolphins, WKU got off to an impressive start with a 46-14 win over Rice on Thursday. The Hilltoppers again appear set to challenge for the C-USA title.

However, most preseason predictions for 2016 saw Southern Miss winning the C-USA title or at least taking on one of three teams (Marshall, WKU or MTSU) in the conference title game.

The idea that USM is “nowhere near” as good as WKU is a stretch, but we are talking about Nick Saban here.

Saban seemed to troll Kentucky, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and South Alabama all at the same time.

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