The Oklahoma Sooners had a rough season, but still ended up with only two losses and ended up in the Sugar Bowl. The Alabama Crimson Tide opened the season ranked first in the nation, but after a disheartening last second loss to the Auburn Tigers, they fell to the Sugar Bowl. According to ESPN on Jan. 2, Sooners' head coach Bob Stoops knows the score and said that Alabama is the best football team the Sooners will have played in 15 years. Here is how fans can follow the Oklahoma vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl live stream tonight.
- Date: Jan. 2
- Time: 8:30 p.m. EST
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: XM 84
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
The Oklahoma Sooners opened the season with major question marks. They lost Landry Jones to the NFL and came off a year where their defense was questionable. Freshman Trevor Knight won the starting job before the season started from incumbent Blake Bell. Then, Knight went out and played horribly, as the Sooners barely won games they should have dominated.
Blake Bell took over when Knight was injured, and after a fantastic debut start, he slowly went downhill as the season wore on. OU lost to the Texas Longhorns and the Baylor Bears before the season ended with an upset win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The two losses eliminated them from the Big 12 title contention, but the win over OSU catapulted them into a BCS bowl.
Waiting for them is the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tide have won three of the last four national championships, and remain considered one of the best teams in the nation. Unfortunately, the loss was to Auburn, which knocked Alabama out of contention for the SEC title and pushed Auburn into the national title game.
That makes the Sugar Bowl a step down for Alabama. Last time that Alabama took that step down was three years ago when they ended up in the Capital One Bowl and blew out the Michigan State Spartans. Then again, the last time that Alabama ended up in the Sugar Bowl thanks to a season ending loss was 2008 when Utah beat them 31-17.
The last time Oklahoma played Alabama was 2003 when they beat them in the regular season. However, that was also the year that OU lost to the LSU Tigers in the Sugar Bowl for the national championship. The LSU coach that year was current Alabama coach Nick Saban.
The game has a big story, but the fact is that the Oklahoma Sooners have to do a lot to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide this year, and the odds rest in the favor of Nick Saban and his Tide.
The Oklahoma vs. Alabama Sugar Bowl live stream kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EST.