Here’s the press release from UA.
Alabama Earns BCS Berth; Will Play Utah in Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 2
TUSCALOOSA â€” The University of Alabama football team has accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Allstate Sugar Bowl, it was announced Sunday. Alabama will be playing in its NCAA-leading 56th bowl game and second BCS bowl.
Alabama (12-1 overall, 8-0 in the Southeastern Conference) will meet the Utah Utes (12-0 overall, 8-0 Mountain West Conference) in the 2009 Sugar Bowl on Friday, January 2, 2009, with kickoff time schedule for 7 p.m. Central Time at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La. The game will be nationally televised by FOX Sports and will mark UAâ€™s 10th national television appearance this year.
Alabama will be playing in its 13th Sugar Bowl, more than any other bowl in school history. The Crimson Tide has posted an 8-4 record in its previous 12 Sugar Bowl and clinched national championships with Sugar Bowl wins in 1962, 1979, 1980 and 1993. Alabamaâ€™s last Sugar Bowl appearance came on January 1, 1993, when the Crimson Tide knocked off No. 1 Miami, 34-13, to earn the schoolâ€™s 12th national championship following a perfect 13-0 season in 1992.
Alabama has played in more bowl games (56) and earned more bowl wins (31) than any team in college football history. The Crimson Tide has posted a 31-21-3 (.590) all-time bowl record and has made 34 of its 56 appearances in the Sugar (13), Orange (8), Cotton (7) and Rose (6) bowls. Alabamaâ€™s only other BCS bowl appearance was a 35-34 overtime loss to Michigan in the 2000 FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami.