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Nick Saban knocks Kentucky, Mississippi State while praising WKU

Roll damn Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky v Alabama Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

If feels like just yesterday when Nick Saban went off on the media prior to Alabama facing WKU in 2012.

Fast forward to now, and the Crimson Tide are once again getting set to host he Hilltoppers, a team Saban is making it clear will be a challenge foe.

“Most people probably don’t know that Western Kentucky is a good team,” Saban said Monday at his weekly press conference. “They finished in the top 25 last year. They lost their quarterback, but they have a lot of starters backs. They play physical football. This is a good team. We can’t take them for granted.”

But that wasn’t the only praise Saban had for WKU. He dished out a comment that praised the Hilltoppers while knocking the Wildcats, as well as Mississippi State, for their Week 1 losses to Southern Miss and South Alabama respectively.

"We had two teams in our league that actually lost to teams that were nowhere near as good as (Western Kentucky),” Saban said.”

The sad thing is, when you lose at come to a Conference-USA Team, every bit of criticism you get is deserved.

And frankly, as Saban alluded to without actually saying, WKU is probably a better team than Kentucky and Mississippi State right now, at least in the second half.