Alabama vs. Penn St. - Game Notes


Alabama will travel to State College, Pa., to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, September 10, at Beaver Stadium. It will mark the 15th meeting between the two traditional rivals and the 14th time that legendary coach Joe Paterno will have faced the Crimson Tide as head coach. The game will be televised on ABC with kickoff set for 2:30 p.m. CT. Brad Nessler will serve as the play-by-play announcer, with Todd Blackledge at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Holly Rowe. Eli Goldand Phil Savage will handle the radio call on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, with Chris Stewart serving as sideline reporter.


Alabama head coach Nick Saban (Kent State, 1973) is in his fifth season with the Crimson Tide. Named the school's 27th head coach on Jan. 3, 2007, Saban has compiled a 39-11 record (44-11 before fi ve vacated wins in 2007) at Alabama while leading the Tide to two SEC Western Division championships, one conference title and one national championship. Saban holds a career record of 130-53-1 (135-53-1) as a collegiate head coach, while also serving at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU. Saban won his first national championship as head coach of the LSU Tigers in 2003, guiding the Tigers to a 13-1 record that season. Overall, Saban has coached four conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001 SEC, 2003 SEC and 2009 SEC) and 11 of his 14 teams have played in postseason bowl games with the Tide appearing in a bowl game each year under Saban's direction. Saban is also the only active coach to win two BCS National Championships and the first to accomplish the feat at two different schools.


Alabama opened the 2011 season ranked second in the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches' preseason polls, while Penn State is receiving votes in the Associated Press poll and is 25th in the USA TODAY Coaches' poll. 





Alabama and Penn State continue one of the greatest rivalries in college football on Saturday as the traditional powers face off in Beaver Stadium. It will be the 15th renewal of the series, and second in as many years. The Crimson Tide leads the series 9-5, including a slight 3-2 edge over the Nittany Lions in State College. This will be the Tide's first appearance in Beaver Stadium since the 1989 season, when Alabama earned a 17-16 victory. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has been on the sidelines for all 14 meetings between the two schools, the fi rst coming in the 1959 Liberty Bowl while Paterno was still a Nittany Lion assistant coach. The Tide captured the 1978 national championship with a victory over the Nittany Lions in the Sugar Bowl.


Alabama returns home to face the North Texas Mean Green on Saturday, September 17, at Bryant-Denny Stadium. This will be the fourth time the teams have met, all of them having occured in Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide leads the series 3-0 and last faced off against the Mean Green in 2009, earning a 53-7 victory. Kickoff for the game is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on the Fox Sports Network.

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