Notebook: Low turnout, no big deal for Crimson Tide players

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Something was missing Saturday for Alabama’s game with Austin Peay.

It wasn’t just a handful of injured Alabama players, either.

Fans chose to sit this one out. Despite the announced paid attendance of 99,639, Bryant Denny Stadium was far from full capacity. That number didn’t even come close to reflecting the reality in the stands for the 11 a.m. game. The UA fraternity was barely a quarter full and it was easily the worst attended game for the Crimson Tide this season.

“There was,” Alabama defense attorney Brian Branch said of the low turnout. “We didn’t really focus on that. We focused on doing our job and dominating.”