TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The University of Alabama football team (5-2, 3-1 SEC) continued its preparations for Saturday’s annual “Third Saturday in October” clash with the No. 20 Tennessee Volunteers (4-2, 2-1 SEC) with a two-hour workout in full gear at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility.
The Crimson Tide held its normal Wednesday workout by working on red-zone offense, red-zone defense and third down situations under hot and humid conditions.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is expecting a physical football game Saturday between the Crimson Tide and Volunteers and says the team that plays the most physical has the best chance to be successful.
“This is going to be a physical football game,” Saban said. “The team that is the most physical probably has the best chance to be successful. I think their ability to run the on offense and the way they have improved on defense, is certainly because they are playing more physical. I think it will be a challenge for our guys to be more physical in the game as well.”
Saban also said that his team has started some games strong, played well in the middle and had some good finishes, but does not think the Crimson Tide has played all three in the same game this season.
“Every game has a start, middle and an end,” Saban said. “We’ve started some games pretty good; we’ve played in the middle pretty good and we we’ve played at the end pretty good. We have not played all three in any game as well we would like. I think we need to improve our intensity and ability to play with consistency. If we can do that we can really do good things.”
Saban said that senior right guard Justin Britt (personal reasons) has returned to practice this week and that the Crimson Tide has no significant injuries.
The Alabama-Tennessee game will be televised regionally by Lincoln Financial Sports with an 11:34 a.m. (CDT) kickoff from Bryant-Denny Stadium. Dave Neal (play-by-play), Dave Archer (analyst) and Dave Baker (sideline reporter) will call the action to 62 stations in the nine-state SEC region. The game will also be available on ESPN GamePlan, excluding the nine-state SEC region.