Oct. 5, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team began preparations for its Southeastern Conference road game at Mississippi this Saturday with a little over an hour practice outside in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
Coach Saban said at his weekly press conference on Monday that the Rebels "were probably the best team we have played to this point" and were very difficult to prepare for.
"They always do a good job of running the ball and they have a lot of things they do that make it difficult to prepare for them," Saban said. "I think that's all part of good coaching. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Houston Nutt has done any place that he has coached and I have always felt like he is one of the best coaches in our league and probably in the country.
"This is the best all-around team that we have played. I think our team needs to be focused on what we need to do to improve and play the kind of winning football it's going to take on the road to beat a good football team like this."
Alabama meets Mississippi on Saturday, Oct. 10 in a nationally televised game by CBS Sports. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. (CDT) with Craig Bolerjack and Steve Beuerlein calling the action. The game will also be aired on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Barry Krauss.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Bryant-Denny Stadium celebrated its 80th anniversary on Monday. The Crimson Tide's on-campus stadium was officially dedicated on Oct. 5, 1929 prior to the Crimson Tide's 22-7 win over Mississippi. The first official game at the stadium took place on Sept. 29, 1929 when the Tide beat Mississippi College 55-0.