Auburn’s Gus Malzahn takes shot at Nick Saban, Alabama

Nov 24, 2018; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talks with Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn prior to the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn held his weekly presser ahead of Saturday’s game against Kent State.

There wasn’t a whole lot we can take out of the Q&A session. However, Malzahn did take time out of his day to shade Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.

It all stems from Saban complaining about start times for home games against cupcake opponents after his team dominated New Mexico State last week.

“We know it was a difficult circumstance for a lot of folks, and hopefully our administration will continue to work to try to play some of these games at a different time,” Saban said following Alabama’s blowout win over New Mexico State Saturday, via Bleacher Report.

In response to this, Malzahn seemingly threw the gauntlet down.

“Our guys are excited to be back home for our second home game, playing a very solid Kent State team, 6 p.m. kick. Personally, I wish it was at noon,” Auburn’s head coach told reporters. “We’d have more time to prepare for our next opponent.”

One might think that’s a veiled shot at Kent State. Maybe the eighth-ranked Tigers are overlooking the lesser opponent in preparation for their SEC opener against Texas A&M the following week.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s obvious this was a shot at Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide.

For what it’s worth Auburn and Alabama will do battle in their annual post-Thanksgiving Day matchup Nov. 30.