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Previewing AllState Sugar Bowl: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Posted by Blake Frazier on 2/4/2014 5:35:46 AM

Throughout most of the 2013 college football season it appeared as if the Alabama Crimson Tide would be competing for their third straight national championship. A loss to Auburn however changed those plans, forcing the now third ranked Tide to face off with the 11th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl on January 2nd. It’s obviously a disappointment for the Crimson Tide players to only be playing in the Sugar Bowl, but they should provide us with a great game as the Sooners have been looking better as of late.

Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Odds: Alabama -15

What To Watch For From The Alabama Crimson Tide

Although the Tide have one loss on the season, I have a hard time dismissing them as not being the best team in the country. That’s why they are such a huge sports book favorite in this game as they are possibly the best all around team in the country led by one of the better coaches in college football. The Tide should continue their offensive dominance in this game as AJ McCarron has 26 touchdowns and 2,676 passing yards on a 67% completion rate. McCarron is one of the smartest quarterbacks with the football in the country, and he should lead a high scoring attack in this bowl game while also doing his best to keep his interception total at five. The Tide have a dominating defense as well, and as a unit they give up just 11 points per game, indicating the Sooners and Blake Bell will have a tough time scoring.

What To Watch For From The Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners are a very good team that has only two losses, and beat the sixth ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in their last game to earn a BCS Bowl bid. Since being thrashed by the Baylor Bears in early November, the Sooners have won three straight games with the smallest margin of victory being their nine-point win over the Cowboys. Bell however must have the game of his career if the Sooners have any hopes of beating the Tide as they have possibly the best defense in the country. For a Sooners win Bell would have to control the offensive tempo of the game, and try his best to keep the Alabama offense off the field. The Oklahoma defense is a decent unit, but they’ve been lit up by Baylor and Texas this season, meaning the Tide offense shouldn’t have too much of a problem scoring enough points to not only win, but cover the spread as well.


The Alabama Crimson Tide will win this game. They’ve proven over the last three years to have a nearly unstoppable team, which is why it’s very unlikely they would lose twice in one season with one of the losses coming in a bowl game against the Oklahoma Sooners. Last year in the national championship the Tide came out of the gates ready to play and I expect to see the same effort this year, which is the reason I expect them to cover the 15-point spread.

Pick: Alabama

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