Jan. 5, 2010
COSTA MESA, Calif. - The No. 1-ranked Alabama football team wrapped up preparations for No. 2 Texas with its last full practice on Tuesday at the Costa Mesa High School Sports Complex. The Crimson Tide practiced for two hours in shells for the second consecutive day under great Southern California weather conditions.
"I think the most important thing is getting our players focused on playing in the game, and there's obviously a lot of distractions in any Bowl game, especially in a circumstance like this one, and I think we've handled that with quite a bit of maturity in terms of the way we've been able to focus on practice and doing things right and playing against a very good Texas team," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said at Tuesday's media day.
"At this point it's almost like getting on a flight; it takes a long time to board and check your bags and all that kind of stuff, but now we're ready to take off, and you've got to go through your checklist and make sure you get it right and do it right and get ready to go out there and play your best game of the year."
No. 1 Alabama (13-0, 8-0 SEC) and No. 2 Texas (13-0, 8-0 Big 12) will meet in the BCS National Championship Game on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. The game will be nationally televised by ABC Sports.
Alabama will conduct a final walkthrough on Wednesday and head over to the Rose Bowl to get comfortable with the facility which features a new playing surface. Tuesday morning the entire Alabama team, including coaches and staff, were at the BCS National Championship Media Day held at the Newport Beach Marriott.