Game Day Notes - Alabama vs. N. Texas


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 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. Kickoff for the game is set for 6:38 p.m. CT on the 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. Eli Gold and Phil Savage will handle the radio call on theCrimson 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 40-11 record (45-11 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 131-53-1 (136-53-1) as a collegiate head coach, while also serving at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU. Saban won his fi rst 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.


In the latest polls released on September 11, Alabama ranks second in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches' Polls.


Alabama leads the all-time series with North Texas 3-0. The most recent meeting occurred on Sept. 19, 2009, where the Crimson Tide posted a 53-7 victory over the Mean Green in Tuscaloosa. Alabama and North Texas fi rst met on October 18, 1995, as the 18th-ranked Tide posted a 38-19 win at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The two teams met again on Sept.14, 2002, as the Tide rolled up a 33-7 win in Tuscaloosa.


Alabama opens Southeastern Conference play when it returns to Bryant-Denny Stadium to take on the No. 14/13 Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, September 24. It will be the 22nd meeting between the two schools and the 10th trip to Tuscaloosa for the Razorbacks. In last season's meeting, the Crimson Tide trailed 20-17 in Fayetteville with under fi ve minutes remaining as Robert Lester tallied his second interception setting up the game-winning drive for the Tide. Arkansas is 2-0 on the season with wins over and Missouri State (51-7) and New Mexico (52-3).

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