After missing a chance to play for a national title, Alabama is
headed to the Sugar Bowl to face unbeaten Utah.
The No. 4 Crimson Tide (12-1) was on top of the rankings until a
31-20 loss to Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship
game Saturday. The defeat couldn't have come at a worse time,
giving Alabama no chance to bounce back like other one-loss teams
such as Florida and Oklahoma, which will meet in the BCS
Still, the Tide was one of the country's most compelling teams,
bouncing back from a rocky period in coach Nick Saban's second
Four years ago, No. 7 Utah (12-0) became the first non-BCS
school to reach a major bowl since the format was created in 1998.
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