Wednesday, September 03, 2003
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama Crimson Tide football team worked two hours in helmets and shoulder pads Wednesday afternoon as preparations continue for Saturday night's game with the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Coach Mike Shula said his team has had two good days of work in getting ready for the 2003 opener in Tuscaloosa.
"We had a better day today," Coach Shula said. "The second day in our preparation and the guys are excited obviously. We still have a lot of work to do preparation wise and finish up on all of the situational stuff tomorrow, the move the ball stuff and get ourselves ready.
"(Tuesday) was good," he added. "For us, we still have not gone through a normal week yet. We talked to the players about it, for example South Florida, we used the extra days the week before to prepare for them, so we hade about six days. This week, because you are into the course of a normal week of the season, you only get three days to prepare. So, there has to be a little more sense of urgency to get things done right the first time."
Alabama will play host to the number-one ranked team for the first time in the history of Bryant-Denny Stadium. In addition, Oklahoma is the highest ranked team to play here in Tuscaloosa since No. 4 TCU beat Alabama 23-6 on
Oct. 13, 1956.
The Crimson Tide has posted a 3-3 record all-time against the nation's top-ranked team, but has won three of the last four meetings with the No. 1 team, dating back to its 1977 win at Southern California (21-20).
The Alabama-Oklahoma game will be nationally televised by ESPN, with kickoff set for 6:47 p.m. (CT) at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Weekend Festivities for the Alabama-Oklahoma Game:
- Kickoff on the Quad begins at 3:45 p.m. on the UA quad with food, entertainment, autograph guests and more.
- A number of former Bama greats will be available at the autograph tent on the quad prior to Saturday's game.
- Former All-American Harry Gilmer will run out the game ball prior to the OU game.
- ESPN College GameDay will be live in Tuscaloosa for the third straight year, with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit broadcasting their popular show from the UA quad.
- In addition, ESPN GameDay Radio with Dave Revsine and Mel Kiper, Jr., will also broadcast from the UA-OU game.
- Don Salls and Gilmer will be presented the Paul Bryant Alumni-Athlete Award at halftime.
- The Alabama gymnastics team to sign autographs on the Quad.