"We haven't practiced for two weeks since that game, so I haven't had the chance to yell at anybody," Saban said Monday during an interview with The Dan LeBatard Show on Miami radio. "We start practice ... so everybody better tie it on."
Alabama will work out today, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday before taking off Dec. 23-25. The Crimson Tide will return to practice Dec. 26-29 and take off again Dec. 30-31.
Alabama then will work out Jan. 1-2 before flying to Miami on the afternoon of Jan. 2. Alabama will face Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 in Miami Gardens in Florida.
Alabama will return to work certain it has its starting quarterback for another year after this season. AJ McCarron announced last week he will come back for the 2013 season, which will be his senior year.
For some other Alabama juniors, however, this could be their last game in crimson. Discussions has surrounded offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, cornerback Dee Milliner and running back Eddie Lacy — three juniors who could bypass their senior seasons for the NFL.
But for now, Saban will approach the game in Miami as he has each time he has taken a team to the BCS National Championship.
"We're looking at it like a one-game season. ... We'll have camp-like practices, then give them a few days off for Christmas," Saban said. "Then we'll begin practicing for the game."
Tide center Barrett Jones has the only injury of note that Alabama coaches will watch this week. He hurt his foot in the Dec. 1 win over Georgia, although Saban said he anticipated Jones being ready for practice.
Notre Dame returned to practice Tuesday, although the Irish plan to work out only 13 times. Alabama will have 15 practices, including the walk-through the day before the game.