Tide players from Florida want to finish with win in home state

Alabama has a history of recruiting some of the top talent out of the state of Florida and getting those players to continue their football careers in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide’s 2020-21 team, which will compete for a national championship on Monday, is no different.

Top-ranked Alabama (12-0) has 15 scholarship players from the state of Florida on its current roster, and those 15 players will return to their home state this weekend for the College Football Playoff national title game against No. 3 Ohio State (7-0) in Miami Gardens, Fla.

“We’re all very excited to come back home and play in the national championship,” said cornerback Patrick Surtain II, a native of Plantation, Fla. “All our families are going to be there. They’re going to be excited. Repping the hometown is an exciting feeling, knowing how much tradition you’ve brought into the South Florida world.

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Alabama basketball is not hosting Houston on Saturday. 

Houston paused all team-related activities on Dec. 8 following COVID-19 issues. The Cougars postponed Dec. 9 and Dec. 12 home games against Sam Houston State and Rice, respectively, and canceled the trip to Tuscaloosa. 

However, the team resumed basketball operations on Tuesday, and has since added a home game against Alcorn State on Sunday.  

So Alabama instead added Western Kentucky. 

We don’t quite get it either, but understand that changes like this will likely continue to happen this season, especially for non-conference games. Alabama is slated to open SEC play Dec. 29, with its final non-conference game on the schedule the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 30, when it visits Oklahoma. 

Alabama has never hosted Western Kentucky before, but the Hilltoppers’ coach is certainly familiar

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