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Tide Players Ready for Hype, Tigers

Andre Smith

One of the most-used words in both Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge this week is a four-letter one that you can repeat: H-Y-P-E. Hype. Bama's game Saturday against LSU for the SEC Western Division lead will have plenty of it, despite warnings by both coaches that the game is about the players, not Nick Saban or Les Miles.

"We don't blow this game up like everybody else does," said Bama quarterback John Parker Wilson. "I realize we have Coach Saban, and he used to coach at LSU. He won a national championship. It's just the next SEC game for us." "This isn't the championship for us and not the last game of the year. We are just going to face it just like every other day. People talk about it. The...

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