Dec. 27, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -
The football team arrived in New Orleans Friday afternoon and got its first practice of bowl week under its belt with a two-hour workout inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban met with the media at an introductory press conference along with captains AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Kevin Norwood.
Third-ranked Alabama will meet No. 11 Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. The Sooners possess a potent offense that features a pair of talented signal-callers.
"I think that we have a lot of respect for both of (Oklahoma's) quarterbacks and what their capabilities are," Saban said. "I think both guys are people who will run their offense very efficiently and effectively. Both are dual threats in terms of their ability to run the ball and run the option and pull the ball on the dive and challenge you on the perimeter, as well as be able to throw the ball in the play action game or on third down when they drop back."
The 2014 Sugar Bowl will also be the final game for a group of seniors who have compiled a 46-6 record over the last four years and a 60-6 mark over the last five campaigns.
"We have to make sure that everyone is staying focused - the main thing is that when we get to practice we are doing the same things that we have done all year," senior linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "We had eight practices in-a-row leading up to this and everyone had the right mindset then. We had great practices and got our bodies back in shape. We have these practices the next few days, and if we practice well we will have a good chance to win."
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