Crimson Tide Ready for Homecoming Showdown with Vanderbilt

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Senior Courtney Upshaw leads the Crimson Tide into action on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Vanderbilt.
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Senior Courtney Upshaw leads the Crimson Tide into action on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Vanderbilt.
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Oct. 6, 2011

TUSCALOOA, Ala. - The second-ranked Alabama football team wrapped up the biggest portion of its preparations for Vanderbilt on Thursday with a 90-minute workout in shells inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility.

The Crimson Tide focused on fundamentals while working to perfect the game plan and get significant repetitions on special teams.

Saturday's game against Vanderbilt is also homecoming on the University of Alabama campus. The Crimson Tide has a 76-13-1 (.850) all-time homecoming record, including a 23-10 win over Mississippi last season. The Crimson Tide is riding a nine-game homecoming winning streak and boasts a 21-5 record on homecoming since the 1985 season.

"To the fans it's homecoming, but to us it's just another game," Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw said. "We want to go out and compete, it doesn't matter who it is. We are ready to play."

It will be the Crimson Tide and Commodores first meeting on the football field since the 2007 season when Alabama posted a 24-10 win in Nashville. UA owns a 57-19-4 edge in the series and has won 20 straight with its last loss to VU coming in 1984.

Alabama will have a short walk-through on Friday before Saturday's 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU from Bryant-Denny Stadium. Clay Matvick will handle the play-by-play duties while Brian Griese will be the color analyst and Allison Williams is on the sidelines.

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