By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama will make its second consecutive appearance in the Bowl Championship Series championship game and its third in four years when the No. 2 Crimson Tide take on top-ranked Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in the Discover BCS National Championship Game in Miami at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The Crimson Tide (12-1), who claimed the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championship on Saturday with an exciting 32-28 win against then-No. 3 Georgia, will seek the SEC’s seventh consecutive national championship and the ninth overall national title for the conference in the BCS era.
Alabama, which claimed both the 2010 and 2012 BCS National Championships, boasts 14 national football championships overall. Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban has three BCS Championships to his credit, having also won one at LSU in 2004. He is the only coach to win three BCS Championships and also the only coach to have won a BCS Championship at multiple schools.
A year ago, Alabama defeated fellow SEC team LSU 21-0 in the Allstate BCS National Championship in New Orleans in the first intra-conference match-up in BCS history.
Florida (11-1), which is currently ranked third in the latest BCS standings, will play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN vs. BIG EAST Champion Louisville (10-2). The Gators will appear in a BCS bowl for the first time since 2009-10, when they squared off with Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl.
Each year since the BCS went to a five-game format prior to the 2006-07 season, the SEC has placed two teams in BCS bowls. No other conference has positioned two teams in BCS bowls in the same season more than twice under the current format.
The SEC’s current run of six consecutive national titles began with the 2007 BCS National Championship. During that span, four different league squads – Alabama, Auburn, Florida and LSU – have each claimed at least one national title with Crimson Tide and Gators each winning two apiece.
In total, nine SEC teams earned bowl berths in 2012-13.
2012-13 SEC Bowl Game Schedule
Discover BCS National Championship Game (Miami, Fla. – Monday, January 7, 2013)
Notre Dame vs. Alabama – 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La. – Wednesday, January 2, 2013)
Florida vs. Louisville – 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala. – Saturday, January 5, 2013)
Ole Miss vs. Pittsburgh – 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
AT&T Cotton Bowl (Dallas, Texas – Friday, January 4, 2013)
Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma – 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fla. – Tuesday, January 1, 2013)
South Carolina vs. Michigan – 1 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Capital One Bowl (Orlando, Fla. – Tuesday, January 1, 2013)
Georgia vs. Nebraska – 1 p.m. ET (ABC)
TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla. – Tuesday, January 1, 2013)
Mississippi State vs. Northwestern – 12 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
Chick-fil-A Bowl (Atlanta, Ga. – Monday, December 31, 2012)
LSU vs. Clemson – 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn. – Monday, December 31, 2012)
Vanderbilt vs. N.C. State – 12 p.m. ET (ESPN)