TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The Crimson Tide will return to practice Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 in Miami.
Alabama’s players haven’t gotten a complete break from work. Since beating Georgia 32-28 in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1, they’ve done some conditioning and strength work, but this is the first time on the field since that night.
Head coach Nick Saban has said he treats a bowl as a one-game season. That means the first few practices are like preseason camp, in which the players do a lot of fundamental work, along with football conditioning.
The team will break Dec. 23-25 for Christmas.
After that, the team will go into practices geared toward Notre Dame, which includes installing the game plan. After getting time off from practice Dec. 30-31, the team will work out in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 1. On Jan. 2, Alabama will practice in the morning in Tuscaloosa, then fly to Miami in the afternoon.
Saban said he thinks it’s possible to get stale from practicing too much, which is why he prefers having the two-week break after the SEC Championship Game.