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Report: Oklahoma, Alabama to meet Jan. 2 in Sugar Bowl

by Jason Kersey Published: December 8, 2013

NORMAN — No. 10 Oklahoma will face No. 3 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, ESPN.com reported Sunday afternoon.

The Sugar Bowl is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in New Orleans’ Superdome.

The Crimson Tide (11-1) won the last two BCS national championships, but were eliminated from title contention last weekend, when they suffered a last-second loss at archrival Auburn.

The Sooners (10-2) upset then-No. 6 Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater, securing coach Bob Stoops’ 12th season with 10 or more victories.

OU and Alabama have met twice in the Bob Stoops era, with the Sooners winning both games in 2002 and 2003. OU beat the Crimson Tide 37-27 in Norman the first year, and won 20-13 the next year in Tuscaloosa.

Both of those games, though, were played during a relatively down period in Alabama’s storied football history. Coach Nick Saban has led the Tide to three national championships during his tenure, which began in 2007.

Coincidentally, the last time OU played in the Sugar Bowl, it faced a Saban-coached team. The Sooners lost 21-14 to LSU in the 2004 Sugar Bowl, which crowned the 2003 BCS national champion.

According to the ESPN report, the other BCS bowls will feature the following matchups: Florida State vs. Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game; Michigan State vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl; Clemson vs. Ohio State in the Orange Bowl; and Baylor vs. Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.

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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