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Crimson Tide Continues Work for Miss. State Game


Wednesday, November 05, 2003

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama Crimson Tide football team worked for 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts as preparations continued for Saturday's Southeastern Conference road game with Miss. State.
Coming off an open date, the Crimson Tide has had some extra time to rest, but also spend more time working on the MSU game plan.
"With the extra day on Sunday, today was our third day, and we have gotten a lot of good reps in this week,"  Alabama head coach Mike Shula said.  "Tomorrow will be a normal Thursday.  I think our guys have a good grasp of what we are trying to get done."
Shula noted that his team has worked on a number of things this week in preparation for Miss. State, who has tried a number of different things in all three phases of the game throughout the season.
"We are playing against a team that does a lot of things in all three phases and you have to be prepared for a lot.  Defensively they have done different things almost every week, so if they give us something we might not have seen we have to make sure we follow our assignments and  make sure we know what we are doing.
"Special teams they give you a lot of looks with the possibility of a gadget play, and they are good at those. So, we have to make sure our guys are ready for that.  Offensively, they play solid football with two good backs and they keep giving them opportunities to make plays.  It's going to be a good ball game."
The Crimson Tide will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak in Starkville this Saturday at 11:33 a.m. (CST) in a regionally televised game by Jefferson Pilot Sports. 
Alabama has not won on the MSU campus since Jay Barker engineered a 29-25 come-from-behind win over the Bulldogs on Nov. 12, 1994, clinching a share of the SEC Western Division Championship. 
The Crimson Tide has won three of the last four meetings with the Bulldogs, including a two-game winning streak.  Alabama won in 2001 and 2002 and both games were played in Tuscaloosa.