Beating Bama: A look at what defeating Alabama has done for the last nine opponents to do it

Football 2014: The Oklahoma Sooners are one of only seven teams to beat Alabama since Nick Saban’s first season in Tuscaloosa, though Auburn and LSU have done it twice each. A look at what rolling the Tide did for them.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 26, 2014

When Oklahoma beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, it was only the ninth loss for Alabama since Nick Saban’s first season in Tuscaloosa. In the past, beating Bama has provided a springboard to things like national title game appearances and the Heisman Trophy. Though the Beating Bama effect will be different for the Sooners, since they’re starting a new season, here’s a look at the last nine times the Tide was rolled, and what momentum the winning team gained from the win:

Jan. 2, 2014

Oklahoma 45, Alabama 31

What happened next: The Sooners’ on-field momentum from the stunning upset remains to be seen, but Oklahoma scored big-time in other, off-the-field areas. Bob Stoops’ staff spent the last month of the season taking advantage of their big recruiting boost from the Sugar Bowl. Also, $370 million in stadium upgrades are much easier to sell to the regents and potential donors coming off a victory over the two-time defending national champion. The Sooners are considered a favorite to reach the College Football Playoff and Trevor Knight is a darkhorse Heisman Trophy candidate, all because of that night in New Orleans.

Nov. 30, 2013

Auburn 34, Alabama 28

What happened next: The Tigers rose to No. 2 in the final BCS Standings, earning a second trip to the national championship game in the past four seasons. With the upset, coach Gus Malzahn and Auburn sent a message to the SEC and the rest of college football — there is more than one elite program in the state of Alabama.

Nov. 10, 2012

Texas A&M 29, Alabama 24

What happened next: After his impressive performance against the Crimson Tide, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel went on to become the first-ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. The Aggies earned a convincing 41-13 Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma and finished the season with an 11-2 record. Alabama recovered from the loss and — with the help of some upsets around the country — routed Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship Game.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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