Bama Anxious for Arkansas

After nearly two weeks without a football game, the University of Alabama football team is anxious to return to the field for the this Saturday's Southeastern Conference home opener with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The Crimson Tide worked for two hours in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts Wednesday afternoon as preparations continue for the Razorbacks.

"We had a good workout and practiced hard," Alabama head coach Dennis Franchione said. "We got a lot done the last two days. We just need to play a game. We have gone a little shorter this week because we had such a longer day on Sunday to prepare for Arkansas.

"I wish we played Thursday night (like next week's foe South Carolina, who plays at Miss. State this Thursday)," Franchione added. "That would allow is to play sooner. We need to play."

Alabama and Arkansas did not play last week due to the tragic events in New York and Washington D.C. The Crimson Tide was scheduled to play Southern Miss and Arkansas was to have hosted North Texas. There is still no word on a possible make-up game on the Crimson Tide schedule as of Wednesday afternoon.

"We will play whoever, whenever and wherever," Franchione added. "It is very difficult to work all of this out. I think to say we have a chance to play an 11-game schedule is good."

The Crimson Tide will work out again Thursday afternoon and hold a closed walk through at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Alabama-Arkansas game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports this Saturday with kickoff set for 2:32 p.m.

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