TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The top-ranked Alabama football team practiced for two hours on Monday in shells at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility as they cleaned up mistakes from the Florida Atlantic game and began preparations for the SEC-home opener on Saturday.
"Ole Miss is really a much improved team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said Monday. "The offensive numbers that they've been able to put up against everyone that they've played have been very impressive ... They are playing hard, playing with a lot of spirit. They've got some really good skilled players."
The Crimson Tide put their 40-7 win over Florida Atlantic behind them before taking a look at the 3-1 Rebels on Monday. Saturday's game is slated for an 8:15 p.m. kickoff at Bryant-Denny Stadium and will be broadcast on ESPN.
"This is a team that is a completely different team (than in the past)," Saban said. "I think Hugh Freeze has done a really good job. It's obviously going to be important for us getting back into SEC play. It should be a great atmosphere for us at Bryant-Denny stadium Saturday night."
Alabama will return to the practice field on Tuesday in full pads as game-plan installation begins. The Tide owns a 45-9-2 record against Mississippi and an eight-game winning streak in the series, including 10 straight at home dating back to a 1988 loss.
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