Alabama heads to Sugar Bowl

Here’s the press release from UA.
Alabama Earns BCS Berth; Will Play Utah in Allstate Sugar Bowl on January 2
TUSCALOOSA — 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 UA’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. Alabama’s last Sugar Bowl appearance came on January 1, 1993, when the Crimson Tide knocked off No. 1 Miami, 34-13, to earn the school’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. Alabama’s only other BCS bowl appearance was a 35-34 overtime loss to Michigan in the 2000 FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami.

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