TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The University of Alabama football team hit the practice field in helmets and shoulder pads on Wednesday in a light rain as they continued to prepare for their homecoming game against Florida International on Saturday.
"We had two really good practices and guys are moving around good," said head coach Mike Shula. "I don't know if it is the cooler weather but the guys have been real good. We practiced a little more today with our first team offense against the first team defense. I think it is important to keep that speed up. There is a little bit of unknown with FIU so we decided to practice a little more against ourselves and the good speed. We just need to continue with film work on those guys to get used to their schemes. They will have some new guys out there so you don't know how they are going to play."
The Crimson Tide will face Florida International for the first time in school history. It will be second first-time opponent this season for Alabama as they faced Louisiana Monroe, also a member of the Sun Belt Conference, for the first time on Sept. 16 and won 41-7. The Crimson Tide has faced 122 different teams throughout its history and has compiled a record of 89-30-2 when playing teams for the first time. Shula, now in his fourth season, has a 5-2 record against first-time opponents.
Saturday's homecoming game at Bryant-Denny Stadium is scheduled to kickoff at 2:07 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis by the Crimson Tide Sports Network with David Crane, Tyler Watts and Chris Stewart calling the game.