Alabama worked with piped-in crowd noise Thursday, as had been the case in earlier practices this week. The 90-minute workout was in helmets and shorts.
The team will fly to Columbia Friday and have a brief workout at Williams-Brice Stadium. Although Shula said it would be an opportunity to "clean up a few things," he said it would be a brief practice. He said Bama would practice at the same time as the game is to be played so the players could not the location of the sun. It is also a time to get slightly familiar with the stadium and lockerroom before game day, particularly for some 10 true freshmen making a first college road trip.
In accordance with SEC rules, Alabama as the visiting team will be allowed to travel and dress only 70 players. South Carolina as the home team will be allowed to dress 95 with 80 of those designated as eligible to play.
Shula said it "definitely helped" to have two South Carolina game videotapes to study in preparation. Alabama's first two opponents had not played a game, so this was the first week for a "film swap."
But, Shula noted, "South Carolina did different things on special teams and on defense and to some extent offensively from the first game to the second game."
The Bama coach noted that Defensive Coordinator Joe Kines has gone up against South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier in the past and that "all of us have watched Coach Spurrier's offense over the years. We know he'll have a gimmick play, and that it will be a good one. We want our team to be aggressive, but they have to be sound in rules."