Oct. 31, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The top-ranked football team practiced in full pads for two hours Wednesday afternoon as the Crimson Tide continued preparations for the No. 5-ranked LSU Tigers. Saturday's game will be the third time in 12 months that the Tide has faced the Tigers in a top 5 matchup.
"It's the time of the year when everybody, individually and collectively, needs to play their best football and continue to improve," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "Everybody knows what it takes to do that by this point in the season. Obviously these are the kind of games that, if you're a competitor, you enjoy playing in and you enjoy getting ready for. I think the players have done a good job getting ready this week so far in the way they've practiced and in the way they've tried to prepare themselves."
Alabama is 20-6 against the Associated Press Top 25 over the past four seasons and 11-4 against AP top 10 teams. Six of the last seven matchups have gone in favor of the Tide, with the only loss coming in a 9-6 overtime defeat to LSU on Nov. 5, 2011.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 7 p.m. (CDT) at Tigers Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. The game will be televised nationally by CBS with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson calling the game and Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.
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