Oct. 22, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked football team held a 90-minute practice on Monday at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in shells as it worked through corrections from the Tennessee game and started preparations for Saturday's matchup against No. 12 Mississippi State.
This weekend's game will mark the 97th matchup between the Tide and Bulldogs. The game will mark the first time the two teams have met both ranked in the top-15 since 1999. The Tide holds an 8-1 record all-time when both teams are ranked. Saturday's game also features the last two undefeated teams in the SEC West and will be Alabama's first home game since September 29.
"It's good to get back and play at home," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "It seems like it's been a long time since we've played at home. It's always good to be a part of homecoming but we have a very challenging team this week with Mississippi State."
Freshman wide receiver Amari Cooper was honored as the SEC Freshman of the Week for his performance against Tennessee, the league office announced earlier Monday. Cooper recorded 162 yards on seven receptions and caught two touchdowns.
The Davey O'Brien Award and the Butkus Award released their semifinalists on Monday with C.J. Mosley recognized by the Butkus and AJ McCarron by Davey O'Brien. Mosley leads the nation's No. 1 defense with 59 tackles to go along with 2.5 sacks and two interceptions. McCarron leads the nation in passing efficiency (183.63) while completing 68.8 percent of his passes for 1,476 yards, 16 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7:30 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised nationally by ESPN with Brad Nessler and Todd Blackedge calling the game and Holly Rowe reporting from the sideline.
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