Dec. 29, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - No. 4 Alabama held its first practice inside the Louisiana Superdome on Monday afternoon with an intense two-hour workout in full pads.
The Crimson Tide continued to fine tune the game plan for Utah in the 75th Allstate Sugar Bowl, which is slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff on January 2, 2009. It will be the Tide's eighth game in the Superdome with a 6-1 (.857) overall record, including a 5-1 (.833) mark in Sugar Bowl games in the dome.
"It was great to get inside the Superdome and start to get a feel for where we will be playing on Friday," Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson said. "This is an opportunity for our team to finish the season in a way Coach Saban has been stressing to us all year, but for that to happen we are going to have to play at a high level. Utah is an outstanding team and we are going to have to play at our best."
Alabama is making its 13th appearance in the Sugar Bowl, dating back to its first trip to New Orleans for the 1945 Sugar Bowl. The Tide boasts an 8-4 (.667) record in its previous 12 Sugar Bowls. UA's last Sugar Bowl came in 1993 as the Crimson Tide finished off an undefeated season with the school's 12th national championship.