Oklahoma football: Sugar Bowl gets a jump on Big 12-SEC matchup with OU vs. Alabama

The Sooners and Crimson Tide will meet a fifth time inside New Orleans' Superdome on Jan. 2, when the Sugar Bowl gets a one-year jump on its new agreement with the Big 12 and Southeastern Conferences.
by Jason Kersey Published: December 14, 2013

“This was a concrete way of demonstrating our sincere eagerness to be involved in this new arrangement.”

In the meantime, though, the Sugar Bowl has an historic matchup of two elite college football powers.

Alabama beat OU 17-0 in the 1963 Orange Bowl, and the teams tied 24-24 in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl. The schools played a two-game home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003, with OU winning both contests.

“That is odd,” OU coach Bob Stoops said of the limited history between the Sooners and Crimson Tide. “I guess it goes back to the old bowl matchups and where you used to go.

“Pretty unusual when you think of all the great teams each of them have had. In today's world they probably would have gotten together more often, with the BCS, the way things are now. If they had it back then they probably would have met more often.”

Probably so, and even with the impending death of the BCS, there figure to be plenty of opportunities for Oklahoma and Alabama to meet in future Sugar Bowls — or future playoffs.

“We're as excited as can be to have a trial run of it going on this year,” Hoolahan said.

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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