Next stop, Norman

The Alabama football team completed its workouts in Tuscaloosa Thursday in preparation for Saturday's game at Oklahoma. The Crimson Tide will travel to Norman Friday afternoon and have a light normal Friday workout in Memorial Stadium.

A Friday practice is closed to the public and the media. Bama works on the kicking game and walks through some situations, including sideline and substitution work in the day-before-the-game walk-through.

Alabama and Oklahoma will meet at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in a game that will be nationally telecast by ABC. The Sooners are ranked second in the nation.

The weather forecast is for temperatures in the mid-90s at kickoff.

Alabama Head Coach Dennis Franchione was pleased with his squad's preparation. He said Thursday's work in helmets and shorts for about an hour and a half was good. "We got a lot done," he said. "We practiced with purpose and intensity. We cleaned it up well for the end of the week. The hay's in the barn. We're ready to play."

Franchione said he understnads that most in Oklahoma are confident the Sooners will be victorious. "We'll take our group and see how we do," he said.

The Tide coach was asked about what many consider to be the key match-up, Alabama's experienced offensive line against Oklahoma's star-studded defensive front. "I think we match up about as good as any college offensive line matches up against them," Franchione said. "They've got good athletes, good rushers, and they'll make some plays. We did well last week. We didn't allow a sack. We'll have to do a good job of staying low on run blocking and have success pass blocking. And our offensive plan will have to be balanced so they don't know what we are going to do where they can come with their ears pinned back."

As will be the case for awhile, Franchione is in a bit of a hurry following a Thursday practice in order to make it to a game…a Tuscaloosa Central High School girls volleyball game. That's because his daughter, Libby, plays for the Falcons.


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