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Alabama Begins Work for No. 5 LSU

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Dee Milliner was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award on Monday.
Dee Milliner was named a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award on Monday.

Oct. 29, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama football team practiced Monday afternoon, cleaning up mistakes from the Mississippi State game and starting preparations for Saturday's showdown with No. 5 LSU at Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

This Saturday's game against the Tigers marks the 77th meeting between the two SEC West foes, with the Crimson Tide holding a 46-25-5 advantage. The game will also mark the third time Alabama has played LSU in the last year, with LSU winning the regular season matchup in Tuscaloosa and Alabama winning the BCS National Title Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Both Alabama and LSU's defense rank in the top 10 in all major defense categories, setting up for another hard hitting game in Death Valley.

"This is a great team and a great program we are playing," head coach Nick Saban said. "I think the most important thing for us to do is focus on preparing to play our best football. It's always what's important when you play good teams. It's to do a good job in preparation and have a good understanding of what you want to do. When you are playing on the road, it takes a special focus to be able to execute and do the things and stay tuned to what you have to do to be successful. These guys have obviously been pretty successful at home."

Earlier today, junior quarterback AJ McCarron was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Football Club's Maxwell Award, while C.J. Mosley and Dee Milliner were announced as semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, also awarded by the Maxwell Football Club. Milliner also received recognition as a semifinalist for the Thorpe Award. The award-winners will be announced on ESPN's Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 6th.

Senior lineman Chance Warmack was honored by the league office Monday as the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Warmack aided in the offense racking up over 400 yards of total offense against Mississippi State. The native of Atlanta, Ga. allowed no sacks or pressures.

Kickoff for Saturday's nationally-telecast game is set for 7 p.m. (CDT) with CBS's Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson calling the game, joined by Tracy Wolfson patrolling the sidelines.

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