Tide begins practice for North Texas game

The Alabama football team practiced for two hours Monday as the Crimson Tide begins preparations for North Texas. Alabama was in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields in its first practice day since its 27-11 victory over Penn State.

"North Texas is a team, in my opinion, that has some very, very good players that's very capable of making explosive plays," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "We need to get ready for this game, and focus on what we need to do to correct the things that we need to correct."

The game with North Texas will be the fourth time the teams have met, all of them having occurred 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.

"We just go out there and play," Alabama running back Trent Richardson said. "We have higher expectations. Our standard has been to start fast and finish strong, and that is what we have to do. We have to make sure we go out every play and do that."

Kickoff for the game is set for Saturday, Sept. 17, at 6:38 p.m. CT, on Fox Sports South. Bob Rathbun will serve as the play-by-play announcer, with Tim Couch at his side as the color analyst. The two will be joined by sideline reporter Kristina Akra.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics