The home opener might not appear to be an exciting matchup for Alabama on Saturday, but Western Kentucky could end up being one of the best teams to come to Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2016.

Head coach Nick Saban has praised the Hilltoppers all week in an effort to make his team understand how good week two's opponent is.

"As you look at college football and you see teams that get upset early in the season, it's probably because they don't have the proper respect for their opponent. And in this case, (Western Kentucky) is a top 25 team a year ago and no reason they won't be a top 25 team this year when it's all said and done."

There's a very good chance Western Kentucky could repeat as Conference USA champions behind first-year quarterback Mike White. The transfer through for a nation's best 517 yards against Rice last week. That 'fastball' offense gives a lot of teams problems, which is why a home crowd can be a big benefit.

"I really do think it's a huge advantage for our team if their offense has to work against noise and has to go on silent. It helps us know the snap count indicator so I'll be harping about that all week long. Hopefully our fans will respond to that."

Saban also provided these additional notes heading into Saturday's game:

  • Cam Sims remains questionable for the game with a shoulder injury.
  • The NCAA has cleared freshman defensive line Raekwon Davis to play. He'll be available immediately for Alabama.
  • Senior offensive lineman Alphonse Taylor served his one-game suspension and will be ready to play on Saturday.

Kickoff for Alabama and Western Kentucky is set for 2:30 PM on ESPN2. Pregame coverage begins at 9:30 AM on Tide 102.9.