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Alabama players have ‘better energy and focus’ for Florida, per Nick Saban

Nick Saban coaching Alabama team in game week practice for Miami
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Alabama football is set for its Southeastern Conference opener against Florida.

After getting challenged by Gators’ outside linebacker Brenton Cox Jr., the Crimson Tide looks to show “The Swamp” how prepared it is to defend its crown as national champions.

Nick Saban had some frustrations last week, but Alabama’s leadership has everything in order.

Bryce Young and the Tide are looking forward to a dominant outing at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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According to Saban, the Tide was more locked in at practice this week.

“We have had a lot of better energy and focus,” he said. “We practiced a lot better. I’m not disappointed in the practice for this game.”

This is a statement matchup for Alabama’s offense and defense in a hostile environment.

Coach Saban has defeated Florida in four SEC Championship Games (2009, 2015-16, 2020) and three regular-season matchups, including one in “The Swamp” in 2011.

He is 7-1 all-time versus Florida as the Crimson Tide’s head coach. CBS will have the call on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “watch” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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