Dec. 18, 2008
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama football team began preparations for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday afternoon with a two-hour practice inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility.
The Crimson Tide took the practice field for the first time since the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 6, working in shells. UA focused on fundamentals and conditioning in the first of seven bowl practices before breaking for Christmas.
Alabama will play sixth-ranked and undefeated Utah (12-0) on January 2, 2009, inside the Louisiana Superdome in the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl. The game will be televised at 7 p.m. and broadcast nationally on Fox.
"We are excited with the opportunity our team has here," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said on Thursday afternoon. "Playing in a bowl game to me is a one-game season. Our team has a lot to prove in terms of what they can accomplish as a team, winning 13 games as well as winning a BCS bowl game. Also, to prove that they can bounce back from a disappointing loss in the championship game. Most good teams can do that and I really do think that the legacy of this team lies with what they do from this point on."
The Crimson Tide returns to the practice field on Tuesday for two workouts. Alabama will take Dec. 24-26 off before resuming bowl preparations in New Orleans on Dec. 27.