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Alabama Hosts FIU



Sept. 7, 2009

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Game information:
 Florida International Panthers
Site: Bryant-Denny Stadium (91,138)
Series: UA leads, 1-0
Tickets: Sold Out
TV: PPV (ESPN Game Plan)
Chris Stewart, Tyler Watts and Barry Krauss
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network: WFFN-FM (95.3) - Tuscaloosa
Eli Gold, Phil Savage & Barry Krauss
Satellite Radio: Channels: XM - 199; SIRIUS - 214
National Radio: None
Up Next: North Texas (SEC Network)
Sept. 19 - 11:20 a.m. - Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138)

THE GAME: The University of Alabama football team opens the home portion of the 2009 season on Saturday, September 12, when the Crimson Tide welcomes the Florida International Panthers to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game is slated to kickoff at 6 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised on a pay-per-view basis. Chris Stewart, Tyler Watts and Barry Krauss will call the action on television with Eli Gold and Phil Savage joining Krauss on the Crimson Tide Sports Network radio call.

HEAD COACH Nick Saban: Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his third season with the Crimson Tide. He was named the school's 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007. Saban has compiled a 111-50-1 (.688) record as a collegiate head coach with a 20-8 (.714) mark at Alabama that includes 1-0 record this year after a 34-24 win over No. 7 Virginia Tech to open the season. He captured his 100th career win and coached his 150th game as a collegiate head coach during the 2008 campaign. Saban led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship in 2003. Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and nine of his 12 teams have played in post-season bowl games with Tide appearing in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Saban is one of two (Bob Stoops) current Football Bowl Subdivision coaches to coach for at least 10 years and not suffer a losing season.

RANKINGS: Alabama was ranked fifth in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' preseason polls. It is highest preseason ranking for the Tide since the 2000 season when they opened at No. 3, and just the third time UA has been ranked in the preseason poll since the 2000 season. Virginia Tech is ranked seventh in both the preseason AP Top 25 and the coaches' poll.

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL SERIES: Alabama defeated Florida International 38-3 in the only meeting between the two schools. The Crimson Tide's win came on Oct. 28, 2006, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Tide scored in all three phases of that game with Le'Ron McClain catching a touchdown pass from John Parker Wilson, Javier Arenas returning a punt 68-yards for a touchdown and Ramzee Robinson picking off a pass and returning it 34 yards for a score.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS: The Crimson Tide has had five players earn preseason first-team All-America honors leading up to the start of the 2009 campaign. Javier Arenas, Terrence Cody, Mike Johnson, Julio Jones and Rolando McClain have garnered at least one first-team designation. McClain leads the way with six first-team honors. (complete list of preseason All-American in the sidebar)

SABAN AMONG THE BEST: Head coach Nick Saban's arrival in Tuscaloosa has seen his Crimson Tide vault up the national rankings. His success in such a short period of time has quickly impacted the Tide's record book. Saban produced the largest win increase from year one to year two in school history as Alabama went from seven wins in 2007 to 12 wins in 2008. He is one of two coaches (Bob Stoops, Oklahoma) in Football Bowl Subdivision football to have coached 10 years and never suffered through a losing season. He also ranks fourth in winning percentage (68.6 percent) among active coaches who have coached at least 10 years of Division I-A football.

TIDE CAPTURES 800TH WIN: The storied Alabama football program captured the program's 800th win last week in Atlanta with a 34-24 win over No. 7 Virginia Tech. Alabama is the seventh school in the Football Bowl Subdivision to reach the 800-win plateau. The Crimson Tide holds an 800-316-43 all-time record, which is a .709 winning percentage that ranks sixth in FBS history. The other six programs to record 800 wins is: Michigan (873); Texas (833); Notre Dame (832); Nebraska (818); Ohio State (808); Penn State (801).

BEATING THE BEST: Alabama is 4-2 against the Associated Press Top 25 over the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Crimson Tide's 34-24 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday was the Tide's third win over a top-10 team during that 15 game span.

Alabama vs. Top 25 Opponents (last 15 games)
Date                 Team                     Rank     Result
Aug. 30, 2008    vs. Clemson            9          W, 34-10
Sept. 27, 2008   at Georgia               3          W, 41-30
Nov. 8, 2008      at LSU                    15         W, 27-21 (OT)
Dec. 6, 2008      vs. Florida               2           L, 31-20
Jan. 2, 2009      vs. Utah                  7           L, 31-17
Sept. 5, 3009     vs. Virginia Tech      7           W, 34-24

NEXT GAME: Alabama will play the second game of a three-game homestand against the North Texas Mean Green on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will kickoff at 11:20 a.m. and will be televised on the SEC Network. It will be the third meeting between Alabama and North Texas and the first since the 2002 season when the Tide won 33-7 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.