TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama football team, currently ranked No. 16 in the nation, continued its preparation for its upcoming nationally-televised game against 22nd-ranked Georgia on Thursday, going through its practice session indoors in the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
Alabama enters the game with a perfect 3-0 mark after a dramatic victory over Arkansas last Saturday. Georgia is 2-1 following its win over Western Carolina a week ago. The Bulldogs also own a win over Oklahoma State in its opener along with a loss to South Carolina on Sept. 8.
“Georgia is an outstanding team,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “Mark Richt has done a fantastic job there in his tenure there of being consistently good, each and every year, game to game. We want to try to get it right and it will take one of our best performances to play against an outstanding Georgia team here this week.”
The Crimson Tide renews its rivalry with the Bulldogs after a four-year hiatus in the series. Georgia has won each of its last two meetings with Alabama, having beaten the Tide in 2002 (27-25) and 2003 (37-23). The 2002 UGA victory was the Bulldogs’ first in Tuscaloosa in eight tries.
The game is receiving national recognition, highlighted by the presence of ESPN’s popular College GameDay program. The show will air from 9-11 a.m. (CDT) from the Walk of Champions on the north end of Bryant-Denny Stadium with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit as hosts.
In addition, the game can be seen nationally on ESPN, with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe providing commentary. Kickoff is slated for 6:45 p.m.