Alabama coach Nick Saban said Wednesday he didn’t see how the bye week the Tide and LSU have before their game added much to the enormity of it, but the time off “helps to get your players some recovery mentally and physically.”Of course, he noted, it also “gives you more time to prepare.” Here are four items, real or perceived, Saban and his staff may be working on before LSU:That the Alabama secondary is a work in progress. This is perception; or, if it’s reality, a lot of coaches wish their defensive backfield was a work in progress. The Tide secondary has arrived. Even without the huge afternoon Alabama had against Texas A&M (four interceptions; three pick-sixes), the Tide’s 12 interceptions lead the SEC this season. So, too, does their 31.2 yard average return on interceptions. Even without the big play, it isn’t an average secondary that allows a team to rank first in the SEC in passing efficiency defense, allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete passes at barely over 51 percent. The questions about the Bama secondary arose early because players such as Minkah Fitzpatrick and Marlon Humphrey were true and redshirt freshmen, respectively. But playing alongside veterans such as Eddie Jackson, Cyrus Jones and Geno Matias-Smith has allowed the youngsters to emerge as dynamic playmakers. That Alabama must protect the ball better. This is true, although as with the punting game, things have improved. For example, quarterback Jake Coker has thrown seven interceptions but only one occurred over the last 10 quarters. Similarly, while the Tide is only plus-3 in turnover margin for the season, its number is skewed by the hellish night against Ole Miss back on Sept. 19 in which Alabama gave it away five times. That Alabama’s special teams need work. As with LSU, this is true but there are signs of improvement. Sophomore punter JK Scott, for example, was regarded as the second coming of Ray Guy when the season began. After a disappointing start, Scott has come on strong, averaging 49 yards per punt the past three games, and his 43.3-yard season average now ranks sixthin the SEC. Junior kicker Adam Griffith has been something of an adventure, missing 6 of 16 field-goal attempts. The Tide’s real problem on special teams has been in the return game. Kickoff fumbles cost them dearly in the loss to Ole Miss, and a fumbled punt against Texas A&M led to an Aggies’ third-quarter touchdown.That Alabama isn’t great on third down. This is true. Alabama has punted 42 times, second most in the SEC, and that’s directly related to the Tide’s 33.6 percent conversion rate on third down, which ranks 12thin the SEC. The team has also been inconsistent on third down, converting just 25 percent of such plays against Texas A&M but 41.6 percent of the time against Tennessee.