TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Saturday’s game will kick off earlier in the day than any Alabama game this season.
With the SEC Network scheduled to televise the Crimson Tide’s home game against Western Carolina, kickoff will be at 11:21 a.m.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said that won’t lead to many changes for his team’s gameday routine.
“We still do everything the same four hours up to the game, in terms of pregame meal and that time on, but the pregame meal ends up being at 7 in the morning,” Saban said. “There’s not much adjustment you can do before that except maybe everyone’s got to get up a little earlier. We change around a little bit, like we usually have a church service a half-hour before a pregame meal. We’ll have that on Friday night.
“We change the meetings a little bit, but we get everything done on Friday because when your feet hit the ground on Saturday morning you have to be ready to roll, and every player’s got to understand and know that. It’s a little different circumstance from what they’re used to. Maturity goes a long way in how people adjust to new circumstances. Hopefully, our team will show the maturity that we need to start the game the way we need to, and play the way we can to improve and play a good football game.”
Alabama tight end Michael Williams said he doesn’t anticipate anybody being sleepy.
“Once you hit the stadium, anything about you — if you’re sleepy or anything — changes right then. So it doesn’t matter what time the game is,” he said. “Me personally, I like it. Get up, play hard, and get out.”