"They have no weaknesses on offense," the veteran head coach said, according to Stewart Mandel of The Athletic. "I can't give them enough credit."
The 46-41 loss marked the most points the Crimson Tide have ever allowed in the Saban era. His normally suffocating defense conceded three passing touchdowns to Heisman Trophy candidate Joe Burrow and three rushing touchdowns to Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
The Tigers registered 559 yards of offense and converted eight of 15 third downs at Bryant-Denny Stadium. They consistently answered Alabama touchdowns with their own scoring drives, especially in the fourth quarter, as the Crimson Tide saw their 31-game home winning streak snapped.
"We couldn't get a stop on defense when we needed to," said Saban, according to Mike Rodak of AL.com.
Alabama's was the latest defense to be victimized by LSU, which has now scored 40-plus points in seven of nine games.
The loss could drop the No. 3 Crimson Tide out of the top four in the next College Football Playoff rankings, which means they may need help to compete for a national title this season.
"We don't control our own destiny, but if we finish the right way - we've been in this position before - we'll see where it takes us," Saban said.