Oct. 25, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team practiced for 90 minutes in shells on Thursday inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility as they made final preparations for Saturday's SEC contest against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The No. 1 Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0) returns home to the friendly confines of Bryant-Denny Stadium after two weeks on the road. Alabama plays host to No. 11 Mississippi State (7-0, 3-0 SEC). The Tide boast a 74-18-3 edge in the series and have won four straight.
The top-ranked Tide knows they will face a challenge from the undefeated Bulldogs. It is the first 7-0 start for Mississippi State since beginning the 1999 season 8-0. MSU dropped its first game of the 1999 season in Tuscaloosa to the Crimson Tide, 19-7.
"We know we are going to get their (Mississippi State's) best," Alabama center Barrett Jones said. "We expect to get everyone's best. They are a much improved team from last year. With that being said though, we are going to do the same thing we do every week. You learn to focus on yourself and being better as a unit."
The game is being televised nationally on ESPN and is slated to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. (CDT). Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge will call the action with Holly Rowe reporting from the sidelines.
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