As we turn the page on another Christmas come and gone, and the kids are preoccupied with whatever new video game promoting war crimes against humanity Santa brought them, and we loosen our belts because “stuffing” was an adjective we engaged in, rather than a tasty bread dish. We can finally turn our attention to more important issues than the celebration of the birth of The Lord and savior of man-college football bowl season is finally here.
This years presentation of the Allstate Sugar Bowl pits number 10 Oklahoma against the third ranked Alabama Crimson Tide from the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. As of this posting, odds makers are screaming “Roll tide!” as coach Nick Saban’s team is a15 point favorite.
Coming into the season as the overwhelming favorite to win the national championship, the Sugar Bowl has the potential to be a bit of a let down for Alabama who steamrolled through the season before losing arguably the greatest college football game ever played against Auburn last November.
This game also represents the swan song for Heismann bridesmaid quarterback AJ McCarron who catapulted to national prominence for being Katherine Webb’s boyfriend.
Forgive Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops if he gets a little testy with questions of the team “just being happy to be there”. In what was expected to be a rebuilding year for the Sooners after replacing QB Landry Jones last year, they entered the season as the preseason 16th ranked team in the nation. With major wins against Texas Tech, and Oklahoma State, Oklahoma feels they can come into the game with a bit of swagger and knock off the team generally considered to be the uncrowned national champs. The biggest loss of the season came against Baylor, who got spanked by Oklahoma State, who lost a close game against Oklahoma. Interesting little ménage à trois, isn’t it?
For as nice of a picture as writers will like to paint that Oklahoma has the chance to slay the giant Alabama. That the Tide will still be hung-over from the loss over a month ago, and won’t play up for this game. That this is the consolation prize for a team who had bigger dreams, don’t fool yourselves. Alabama still has much to prove. Pitted against this years title contenders, Vegas would still instill the Crimson Tide as favorites against FSU, and a rematch against Auburn. Expect the line to push further in favor of the Tide as we near kickoff as heavy money will fall on Alabama. Oklahoma 13, Alabama 33.