Dec. 2, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama football team continued his preparations for the second-ranked Florida Gators on Tuesday afternoon with a two hour practice inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
The Crimson Tide worked in full pads leading up to their showdown with the Gators in Saturday's SEC Championship Game at 3 p.m. in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Alabama ranks second nationally in rush defense allowing just 73.6 yards per game, but Florida's ground attack will present one of the most difficult challenges of the season. The Gators rank 10th nationally in rushing offense and lead the SEC at 237.1 yards per game.
"We have been trying to simulate the look in practice with some of the plays they run, but it is tough because they do it so well," Alabama nose guard Terrence Cody said following Tuesday's practice. "Practice has been going really good. I think the whole team is really focused on this game. Florida is a team that can spread you out and really run at you and it is going to be a challenge."
Alabama will return to the practice field on Wednesday and Thursday before departing for Atlanta on Friday. CBS will televise the game with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Tracy Wolfson (sidelines) calling the action.
The Crimson Tide is making their sixth appearance in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama has faced Florida in each of its appearances in the title game and boast a 2-3 record.