Oct. 13, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Following its first open date of the 2008 season, the No. 2 University of Alabama football team returned to practice Monday afternoon as preparations begin for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference matchup with the Mississippi Rebels.
The Crimson Tide, who returned to the practice field for the first time since last Thursday, worked for two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts on Monday afternoon.
“Ole Miss always plays physical, they are always tough, they always play hard and they always compete well in the game and never are they out of the game, as evidenced by some of the games we’ve had in the past with them, including last year’s game,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at his Monday press conference. “So, that’s No. 1, in terms of the intangibles, that the teams play with.
“They have always been a difficult team to defend, relative to the things that they do on offense. They utilize the players that they have and how they change things so that they can utilize the players that they have. Usually they create a lot of problems because they are pretty different from what you see a lot of the time. They still execute it very well and I think that is the key to their success.”
The Crimson Tide and Rebels will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports.
CBS USES SIX-DAY EXEMPTION: The Southeastern Conference announced today that CBS has elected to use a six day option for games on October 25. The games being held are Alabama at Tennessee and Georgia at LSU. CBS will select one of those two games for a 2:30 p.m. (CDT) telecast with ESPN carrying the other game at 6:45 p.m. (CDT).
The Tennessee game will be Alabama’s fifth nationally televised contest this season. The Crimson Tide has appeared nationally on ABC (vs. Clemson), ESPN (at Georgia) and CBS (vs. Kentucky). Saturday’s game against Mississippi is also being carried by CBS.
In other games on the weekend of October 25, Kentucky at Florida will be televised by Raycom Sports at 11:30 a.m. (CDT). ESPNU has picked up the Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State game for a 6 p.m. (CDT) telecast.