SEC: Kyle Whittington

Allstate Sugar Bowl: Alabama (12-1) vs. Utah (12-0)

December, 7, 2008
12/07/08
9:22
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

You don't spend more than 10 minutes around Nick Saban without hearing some reference to finishing -- finishing the drill, finishing the game, finishing what you started.

For this year's Alabama team, that would be finishing the season. Even with the Crimson Tide's bitter loss to Florida in the SEC Championship Game, they could still make this a season to remember by taking care of unbeaten Utah in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

A loss to the Utes would put a serious damper on the Tide's improbable climb to the top of the college football world. Come on, did anybody really expect Alabama to be in a BCS bowl this season?

Similar to Florida, Alabama faces a Utah club capable of scoring points in bunches. The Utes scored 30 or more points in nine of their 12 games. Something has to give, though, because the Tide have given up 30 or more points only twice all season and held opponents to 10 or fewer points seven times.

After losing to the Urban Meyer-coached Gators in the SEC Championship Game, Alabama now faces a Meyer disciple in Kyle Whittingham, who was promoted to head coach after Meyer left Utah for Florida following the 2004 season.

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