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Crimson Tide Prepares for No. 16 Razorbacks



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football team continued its preparations for No. 16 Arkansas with a two-hour practice in full gear Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.

The Crimson Tide worked on red zone offense, red zone defense and third down situations Wednesday, plus a review of the Monday and Tuesday sessions.

“We are really working hard this week to stay focused on the task at hand,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday’s practice.  “This is a very challenging team, in terms of preparation.  They play a very aggressive style on defense.  It’s going to be really important that we execute in all areas offensively, relative to being able to run the ball effectively and pass the ball effectively, and we will get a lot of man-to-man coverage.  So, it is important that everybody do their job and we have to a good job or protecting, because we are going to get a lot of pressure. 

Our practices have gone well.  I thought today’s practice was pretty good, in terms of what we are trying to get done out there.  We have made constant progress and improvement.  Not that we ever thought there was anything wrong with it, we just struggled a little bit in the last game from a passing standpoint.  That happens sometimes.  We overcame it by being able to control the ball in other ways.  But, that’s got to be an integral part of what we do, relative to the skill people that we have.”

The Crimson Tide and Razorbacks will meet Saturday, Sept. 15 at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN, with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) describing the action. The kickoff time is scheduled for 5:52 p.m. (CDT).