Buffs And 'Bama In Shreveport

The Colorado Buffaloes will travel to Louisiana and play Alabama in the Independence Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT) Dec. 30.

Following last year's 2-10 season, the fact the Buffs are going bowling in 2007 is a welcomed improvement.

Colorado will take a 6-6 record into Shreveport and face a 6-6 Crimson Tide team. Alabama, however, under first-year coach Nick Saban, has lost its last four games.

Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins was excited to be back in the postseason after missing the bowls his first season at CU.

"This is an important game for us, and it's a privilege to be matched against a school with as rich a tradition as Alabama," CU head coach Dan Hawkins said. "We're looking forward to playing the Crimson Tide and we appreciate the Independence Bowl committee selecting us."

CU has one player from the state of Louisiana on its roster, freshman wide receiver Kendrick Celestine. "This will be fun to go back home and it's exciting for me because my family will have a chance to come to the game," he said. Celestine hails from Mamou, La.

Colorado also has one player from Alabama, senior defensive end Alonzo Barrett. He's excited to go up against many players he hasn't seen since high school.

""I think it's kind of icing on the cake," Barrett said. "It will let me play against a lot of guys I haven't seen in a while, and there will be a lot more people from back home that will be able to watch me to play. Alabama is a real big football state, and most people know that they have a rich tradition at Alabama. We're both kind of at similar junctures right now, rebuilding for the future, so I am excited to be playing them."

The Crimson Tide played in the Independence Bowl last year, losing to Oklahoma State 34-31.

Alabama and Colorado have one common opponent this year. Florida State defeated the Buffs in Boulder 16-6, then beat Alabama 21-14.

The Buffs and 'Bama have played twice in bowl games. Colorado beat Alabama 47-33 in the Liberty Bowl after the 1969 season. The Crimson Tide beat CU 30-25 in the Blockbuster Bowl after the 1991 season.

Tickets will go on sale Monday morning (8:30 a.m.) at the CU Athletic Ticket Office at Folsom Field, located between gates 4 and 5 at the south end of the stadium, and will also be available on-line at www.CUBuffs.com. Prices are $35 and $40, along with a $25 price for student tickets. Locations will be based on CU's priority point system; for more information, call 303-492-8337 (1-800-872-8337) or visit the CU website.

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