TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (al.com) - This is a familiar scenario for Nick Saban's Alabama teams.
After opening the season with a high-profile, Power 5 blue blood Labor Day weekend, a motivational challenge waits on the backside. For the fourth time in five years, the next opponent comes from the next tier of leagues.
And this one is easily the best of that group.
Western Kentucky arrives at 2:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving votes in this week's coaches poll. It finished last year No. 24 in the AP rankings -- a fact Saban isn't ignoring. There's no time for a USC hangover this week.
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