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ESPN To Televise Alabama-Georgia Game



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? For the second straight week, the University of Alabama will play the Saturday ESPN Primetime college football game.

The Southeastern Conference announced Sunday the Alabama-Georgia game will kick off at 6:45 p.m. (CDT) and will be aired by ESPN, with Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) calling the action from Bryant-Denny Stadium.  The Georgia game marks Alabama’s third televised game of the 2007 season and second straight ESPN telecast.  The Crimson Tide’s 41-38 win over then No. 16 Arkansas last Saturday night was also aired by ESPN.

Other SEC games slated for television on Saturday, Sept. 22 include Florida at Ole Miss (Lincoln Financial Sports),  South Carolina at LSU (CBS) and Kentucky at Arkansas (espn2).

In other football news, Alabama (3-0) is ranked 16th in the latest Associated Press college football poll and 20th in the ESPN/Coaches poll this week.  The Crimson Tide is ranked in the AP poll for the first time since its season-ending 13-10 win over Texas Tech in the 2006 Cotton Bowl.  Alabama closed out the 2005 season ranked eighth by the AP and ESPN/Coaches poll.  Alabama was ranked 22nd last year in the ESPN/Coaches poll before its double-overtime loss at Arkansas on Sept. 23, 2006.

*Alabama junior quarterback John Parker Wilson (Hoover) set career highs in attempts (45), completions (24), yards (327) and touchdowns (4) last night in the win 41-38 win over Arkansas.  Wilson received a helmet sticker from ESPN studio host Rece Davis during the network’s College Football Final show.  Wilson’s 4-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Matt Caddell (McAdory) was the No. 3 play on ESPN SportCenter’s Top 10 plays form Saturday, Sept. 15.   The Crimson Tide’s win over the No. 16 Razorbacks also earned top-billing on ESPN SportsCenter’s late-night show following its college football coverage.