Saban impressed with Rams. Colorado State travels to Tuscaloosa to face No. 1 Alabama at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Crimson Tide opened as a 28.5-point favorite, but coach Nick Saban told local media at his weekly news conference that CSU coach Mike Bobo “has done a really good job there.”

“They’ve got a really good receiver in No. 4 (Michael Gallup) and a good running back,” Saban said. “The quarterback (Nick Stevens) is a very good passer, and they’ve made a lot of really big plays in the passing game. This is a good team and it’s going to be a challenging game for us.”

NEXT MAN UP?

A glance at in-state FBS backup quarterbacks

COLORADO

Sam Noyer (RS Fr., 6-4, 210): Saw his first game action against Texas State, completing 4-of-5 passes for 40 yards.

COLORADO STATE

Collin Hill (Soph., 6-5, 210): If starter Nick Stevens stays healthy this fall, expect Hill to redshirt after appearing in five games with three starts as a true freshman. Third-string quarterback J.C. Robles played during mop-up duty Saturday as the Rams beat Abilene Christian, 38-10.

AIR FORCE

Nate Romine (Sr., 5-11, 180): Romine is the most proven among the in-state backups with 16 starts, 2,178 yards passing and 721 rushing yards.