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Preparations Continue for Homecoming Game with Houston



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ?? The University of Alabama team held a two-hour practice Tuesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as preparations continue for Saturday’s annual homecoming game against the Houston Cougars at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Crimson Tide worked on regular first-and-10, second and long, goal-line and short yardage situations during Tuesday’s session.

Senior left cornerback Simeon Castille talked about playing his final homecoming game and the importance of getting his team back on the right track after two close losses the last two weeks.

 “I have not thought about it that much, but it is crazy to hear this is my last homecoming game,” Castille said after Tuesday’s practice.  “It seems like yesterday I was playing in my first game against Utah State (Sept. 4, 2004 and scored on 31-yard interception return in third quarter).  Time flies.  Hopefully we will get a win this week and we need one bad.  It would be great to get a win on homecoming and get us back on the right track.”

The Alabama-Houston game kicks off at 2:07 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday and will televised on a pay-per-view basis through the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Chris Stewart (play-by-play), Tyler Watts (analyst) and Barry Krauss (sideline reporter).  Fans in the states of Alabama and Texas may order the game through their local cable outlets, DirecTV or DISH Network.  The game is available outside the states of Alabama and Texas through ESPN GamePlan, DirecTV and DISH Network.