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.