The Tide arrived in South Beach on Monday before heading to the practice fields of Barry University

MIAMI – Alabama football traveled to Miami on Monday, putting in a two-hour session on the practice fields at Barry University for the Crimson Tide’s first workout in South Beach.

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The team spent Monday morning making the trip to Miami. Upon arrival, head coach Nick Saban along with student-athletes Tua Tagovailoa and Quinnen Williams took part in a quick press conference. Alabama then spent the afternoon working in shells for its first on-site workout.

Monday’s session was the Tide’s eighth of 12 total practices leading up to the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup with fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl. The Crimson Tide and Sooners are set for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Top-ranked Alabama will match up with No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday, Dec. 29 on ESPN. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will have the call from the booth with Maria Taylor and Laura Rutledge working on each team’s sideline.

The Crimson Tide and Sooners will meet for the sixth time in the history of the two storied programs. Alabama is 1-3-1 all-time against OU, including a 1-1-1 mark in postseason play. The two teams last squared off in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, with Oklahoma claiming a 45-31 victory.