Tide to face Texas Tech in Cotton Bowl

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Alabama will close its season out in the Cotton Bowl.

The 13th-ranked Crimson Tide accepted an invite today to face Number 18 Texas Tech in the January 2nd game in Dallas. It's a matchup of 9-and-2 teams.

Alabama hasn't played a bowl game in January since the Orange Bowl after the 1999 season.

Coach Mike Shula called this "an exciting day for Alabama."

Alabama is coming off back-to-back losses to LSU and Auburn, but Shula said that disappointment was replaced by excitement with Sunday's bowl invitation.

This will be the Tide's seventh trip to the Cotton Bowl, the last coming in 1982 when Bear Bryant's penultimate team lost 14-to-12 to Texas.

Alabama already holds the NCAA bowl records with 52 appearances and 29 victories.

It will be a big challenge for the Tide's defense, which is allowing the nation's fewest points and second-fewest total yards.

Texas Tech leads the nation in passing offense and ranks second overall.

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