The Alabama football team has been on the verge of a bowl game in four of the past five years.
But this year the Crimson Tide could be in for a new challenge, as the conference’s bowl committee is expected to make a decision about a potential bowl game.
In addition to the bowl game, Alabama is scheduled to host the Cotton and Holiday bowls next season, with the Holiday bowl slated to be the third in 2018.
That would mark the third time the Crimson Flashes have hosted a bowl in consecutive seasons.
“I think it’s going to be a little bit different this year than it has been before,” Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian said during a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
“It will be a new experience for our fans, obviously.
But it’s definitely going to feel different.”
The Crimson Tide have been in the postseason four straight years.
Last season they were the first team in school history to reach two bowls in a season and also the first to do so in back-to-back years.
It was their first time hosting a bowl since 2006 and the first time the team reached a bowl appearance since 1996.
With that in mind, it’s worth looking at what a potential 2018 bowl could look like, according to Sarkisians own words.
“It’s always going to take a little time to figure out exactly what the bowl is going to look like,” he said.
“I’m sure we’ll be able to look at the bowl, what the schedule is, what their rules are, and what the criteria is, but I’m sure a lot of people will be watching the bowl and making their own decisions.”
The thing that will help us in the long run is if it’s a bowl, if it has the potential to be good.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you what’s going on, but we’ve been in a bowl before and we’ve had a good bowl in that time.
“If we’re in it, we’ve done pretty good things in the bowl.
We’ve had great bowl wins, we have a great team, we do a good job of recruiting.
We have a lot to look forward to in this bowl, and it’s gonna be fun to be part of it.”
Sarkisian didn’t go into much detail about what exactly Alabama could expect to do in the 2018 bowl game other than to say it’s unlikely to be ranked No. 1.
However, he did say that he expects the Crimson Bluff to be one of the best bowls in the country and that the team is looking forward to it.
“There’s a lot more pressure on us than the past couple years because we’ve just won the national championship,” he added.
“There’s going be a lot for us to look up to.
I know our fans are looking forward.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.