Alabama Begins Practice Week for Arkansas

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM The Tide worked for two hours on Monday in shells.
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The Tide worked for two hours on Monday in shells.
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama football team practiced for two hours on Monday in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as they cleaned up mistakes from the Western Kentucky game and began preparations for the SEC opener on Saturday.

"This was not our best game (Western Kentucky)," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Monday. "It's a little predictable that when you don't focus and pay attention to detail like you need to, whether it's in preparation or actually in your performance, things don't usually go as well as you'd like them to."

The Crimson Tide put their 35-0 win over WKU behind them before taking a look at the No. 21 Razorbacks on Monday. UA visits Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville on Saturday for a nationally televised game on CBS that is slated to kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

"We are playing a really good Arkansas team," Saban said. "Regardless of what happened last week, that doesn't change how we feel and how we respect their players and the team that they have. They have a very good team. They had some very difficult misfortune in the last game that they weren't able to overcome. We still have to expect that we are going to get their very best performance."

Alabama will return to the practice field on Tuesday in full pads as game-plan installation begins. The Tide owns a 12-8 record against the Razorbacks and a five-game winning streak in the series, including two straight in Fayetteville.

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