tBBC Preview: Sugar Bowl – Oklahoma versus Alabama

Written December 31st, 2013 by WVaBuckeye

Some of #BuckeyeNation thought the Buckeyes should have been here instead of Oklahoma.

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#11 Oklahoma(10-2/7-2 BIG12) versus #3 Alabama (11-1/7-1 SEC)

Thursday, January 2nd, 8:30 EST ESPN

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I am still amazed at how little history some of the super powers in college football have played each other. I guess that could explain how several have been able to stay in the top ten in all-time wins (Oklahoma #7, Alabama #9). Oklahoma holds the edge in the series with two wins, a tie and a loss that came the first time they faced each other in 1963 which Bama won 17-0.  After the tie, Oklahoma has owned Bama in back to back regular season affairs in 2002 and 2003. Check out more from the series with this StatMilks match-up.

Oklahoma

OklahomaSooners-BoomerSooner-SchoonerMr. BCS coach Bob Stoops has some work to do to get out of the cellar with his 3-5 overall record in BCS Bowls which includes losing his last three national title appearances. No one team has played in and won more than Ohio State (10/6), but Stoops has been the king of conference titles and BCS appearances in his 15 seasons which includes a national title.

There hasn’t been a clear cut favorite for play maker on the offensive side of the ball but since I have to pick one I will go with the talented QB in a full backs body Blake Bell. The Sooners QB has had to share the post with Trevor Knight who has actually rushed for more yards than Bell on the season. Bell is no stranger to coming into the game in wildcat and scoring TD’s but his best attribute this season has been his growth in throwing the football. He hasn’t had ridiculous numbers but he has taken care of the football and led an offense that wasn’t quite as high power as in the past. Read More