The 15th-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will face the 7th-ranked Michigan State Spartans in the 2011 Capital One Bowl on Saturday, January 1, 2011, at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game will be televised by ESPN and will kick off at 12 p.m. (CST).
Alabama (9-3 overall, 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference) is making its second appearance in the Capital One Bowl and its first since beating Ohio State, 24-17, in the 1995 Florida Citrus Bowl following the 1994 season. Michigan State (11-1 overall, 7-1 in the Big Ten) earned a share of the Big Ten Conference title with Wisconsin and Ohio State.
"It is going to be exciting for us to go to Orlando and play in a New Year's Day bowl game," said UA junior running back Mark Ingram, a Michigan native. "I grew up a Michigan State fan, so it will be very exciting for me and my family just to go out, play in the game and for them to watch it. But they (Michigan State) are the other team now."
The Crimson Tide is making its fourth consecutive bowl appearance under head coach Nick Saban and the seventh straight for the school. Saban is 2-1 in bowl games at Alabama, defeating Texas in the 2010 BCS National Championship Game and knocking off Colorado in the 2007 Independence Bowl. The Tide's bowl loss under Saban came in the 2009 Sugar Bowl against Utah.