Alabama appears to be right on track after it’s first two games. The Crimson Tide has powered past Kent State and Penn State, and it should be another convincing win for the team this coming weekend against North Texas.
But, things are about to get tougher, with Arkansas on the schedule next weekend. That will kickoff a run of eight conference games over the Tide's final nine appearances.
So, players know they must take advantage of this week's North Texas game to continue improving before league play begins next week.
"I feel there's more we can bring to the table, and that's just more stopping the run,” Senior Linebacker Courtney Upshaw said. “In a way, we all feel like we give up too much in the run. We just want to stop them and hold them to negative yards and get more turnovers and stuff."
The team knows the Mean Green will bring their A-Game to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, to the Tide plans to do the same.
"We just need to make sure we realize that we've got a team that's no different from any other team,” Junior Running Back Trent Richardson said. “We've got to make sure we play them as if they were an SEC team, or as if we're playing in any other game."
Alabama will host North Texas at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday on Fox Sports South.