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No. 3 Alabama Hosts Arkansas in SEC Opener



Sept. 21, 2009

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GAME 4: ALABAMA (3-0, 0-0 SEC)
VS.  ARKANSAS  (1-1, 0-1 SEC)
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 •2:30 P.M. • CBS

Series:                   Alabama leads, 11-8
Tickets:                  Sold Out
TV:                        CBS (Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson) 
Radio:                    Crimson Tide Sports Network (Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss)
                             WFFN-FM (95.3) - Tuscaloosa 
Satellite Radio:       Channels: XM - 200; SIRIUS - 219
Up Next:                Kentucky (TV: SEC Network)
                             Oct. 3 – 11:21 a.m. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)

THE GAME: The University of Alabama football team opens Southeastern Conference play with a visit from the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Sept. 26, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game concludes a three-game homestand for the Crimson Tide and is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. CBS will televise the game to a national audience with Verne Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Tracy Wolfson calling the action. Eli Gold and Phil Savage and Barry Krauss will have the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.

HEAD COACH Nick Saban: Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his third season with the Crimson Tide. He was named the school’s 27th head coach on January 3, 2007. Saban has compiled a 113-50-1 (.692) record as a collegiate head coach with a 22-8 (.733) mark at Alabama that includes 3-0 record this year. He captured his 100th career win and coached his 150th game as a collegiate head coach during the 2008 campaign. In 2003, Saban led LSU to a 13-1 record and the BCS National Championship. Overall, Saban has coached three conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC and 2003 SEC) and nine of his 12 teams have played in post-season bowl games with Tide appearing in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Saban is one of two (Bob Stoops) current Football Bowl Subdivision coaches to coach for at least 10 years and not suffer a losing season.

RANKINGS: Alabama was ranked fifth in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches’ preseason polls. It was the highest preseason ranking for the Tide since the 2000 season when they opened at No. 3. Since the preseason poll the Tide has moved up to No. 3 after an Oklahoma loss on the opening weekend and a week three loss for Southern California. The Crimson Tide garnered three first-place votes in the AP poll this week after receiving two in both of the first two rankings.

ARKANSAS SERIES: Alabama leads the series 11-8 after a dominating 49-14 win over the Razorbacks last season in Fayetteville. The Tide has now won two straight in the series and three of the last four contests. Arkansas’ last visit to Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2007, resulted in a dramatic 41-38 Alabama victory when John Parker Wilson found Matt Caddell for a four-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds remaining in the game. Alabama has a 4-4 record against the Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

NEXT GAME: Alabama will play its first true road game of the 2009 season on Saturday, Oct. 3, when the Crimson Tide visit Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium. The kick off is scheduled for 11:21 a.m. (CDT) and will be televised by the SEC Network with Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Cara Capuano calling the action. Alabama leads the all-time series 34-2-1 following a hard-fought 17-14 win in Tuscaloosa last season. Saturday marks the Crimson Tide’s first visit to Kentucky since the 2004 season when the Tide posted a 45-17 win.