Countdown to Kickoff
Alabama Continues Work as Final Home Game Nears


Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Triandos Luke

TUSCALOOSA --  The University of Alabama football team worked for two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s regular season home finale against the No. 3 LSU Fighting Tigers.
“We had a real good practice, a bit of a slow start, but we had a real good practice today,” Alabama head football coach Mike Shula said.  “Unfortunately this will take away a little bit from our preparation, but our players have to remain focused.  We have the third-ranked team in the country coming here, so that is what has to be on our mind.”
The Crimson Tide will play its third Top 10 team of the 2003 season this weekend when hosting the No. 3 Fighting Tigers in a nationally televised game by ESPN (6:47 PM, CT) in Bryant-Denny Stadium.   LSU will also be Alabama’s fourth ranked opponent this season after having played No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 9 Arkansas and No. 21 Tennessee. 
This Saturday’s game will also be the first-ever night game between Alabama and LSU here in Tuscaloosa and just the fifth night game between the two in the state of Alabama.  The last time the Crimson Tide hosted the Fighting Tigers under the lights was a 14-10 LSU win during the 1986 season, Shula’s senior year at the Capstone.