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Alabama Football Begins Preparations for Arkansas



TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team was back on the practice field Tuesday, beginning preparation for its first road game of the season this weekend at Arkansas.

"They have a nice stadium," said Simeon Castille. "Anytime you play on the road, the crowd is going to be into it and be loud. It does get pretty loud. We have to use the energy, we are used to hearing our crowd boo the other team and this is the first time, when we run out there, that we are the ones that are going to be booed."

The Crimson Tide was in full pads and went just over two hours. Alabama is 3-0 to start the season for the third straight year and just like the past two seasons, they head in to the Arkansas contest undefeated. Last season the Tide won 24-13 at home against the Razorbacks but in 2004 it was Arkansas winning at home, 27-10.

Head Coach Mike Shula is 1-2 in road openers at Alabama. He took his team to Columbia, S.C. last season and marched out with a 37-14 win to improve to 3-0. The loss at Arkansas in 2004 was also the Tide's first road game that season.

In last year's game, the Razorbacks scored first on a 34-yard field goal, but Alabama went on to score 17 unanswered points, including a 43-yard touchdown pass from Brodie Croyle to DJ Hall and a one-yard touchdown run by Tim Castille. Arkansas' Darren McFadden broke a 70-yard run for a touchdown and the Razorbacks added a field goal to make the score 17-13. However, Croyle hooked up with Hall again with 2:22 left in the fourth quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass to give Alabama a 24-13 victory. 

Saturday's contest in Fayetteville, Ark. will be televised by CBS at 2:30 CT. It will be the first time this season Alabama's game will be carried by CBS after having seven games on last year. The Tide's game against Vanderbilt on Sept. 9 was televised on Fox Sports South.