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Alabama will face Oklahoma in the BCS Sugar Bowl

IronBowl13_0023On Sunday the BCS Bowl selection committee announced that No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide will take on No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners in the 80th BCS Sugar Bowl located in New Orleans on Jan 2nd.  This marks only the fifth time that the iconic powerhouses steeped in tradition will face one another.

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. central and will air on ESPN.

The last time the Crimson Tide was in the Mercedes-Benz Super Dome was in 2012 where Nick Saban and team claimed the 14th National Title against LSU 21-0.  It will be Alabama’s 61st bowl appearance, 14th in the Sugar Bowl and sixth in a BCS game.

“We are excited and proud to be named to play in this year’s Sugar Bowl against the University of Oklahoma,” Alabama athletics director Bill Battle said in a university release. “These are two great universities with great academic and football traditions. The history of our previous games against each other has been very competitive and exciting. Our fans love New Orleans, and this is especially meaningful to me, as I have degrees from both institutions (bachelor’s degree from Alabama, master’s degree from Oklahoma).

Alabama will be playing at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the ninth time in school history and the Crimson Tide has a 6-2 record in those eight games. Overall, this will be Alabama’s 15th bowl game appearance in the city of New Orleans with the Tide owning an 8-6 record. Alabama also participated in the Sugar Bowl in 1945 (a 29-26 loss to Duke), 1948 (a 27-7 loss to Texas), 1962 (a 10-3 win over Arkansas), 1964 (a 12-7 win over Ole Miss), 1967 (a 34-7 win over Nebraska), 1973 (a 24-23 loss to Notre Dame), 1975 (a 13-6 win over Penn State), 1978 (a 35-6 win over Ohio State), 1979 (a 14-7 win over Penn State), 1980 (a 24-9 win over Arkansas), 1990 (a 33-25 loss to Miami), 1993 (a 34-13 win over Miami), 2009 (a 31-17 loss to Utah) and 2012 (a 21-0 win over LSU).

Oklahoma owns a 2-1-1 series lead over the Crimson Tide with two of the games taking place in the postseason.

The first meeting between the two schools was in the 1963 Orange Bowl when the Crimson Tide won 17-0 over the Sooners in Miami, Fla. Lee Roy Jordan recorded 31 tackles in the contest with President John F. Kennedy looking on.  The next meeting between the two came in another post season game in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl at the Astrodome in Houston, TX where the game ended in a 24-24 tie. Former AD Mal Moore set up a “home and home” regular season game in 2002 and 2003.  Oklahoma took both of those meetings 37-27 in Norman, OK and 20-13 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

“I know Alabama and the Sugar Bowl have a rich tradition together, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to play such a tremendous program like the University of Oklahoma,” said Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. “The Sugar Bowl gives us a chance to play our final game together on one of the grandest stages college football has to offer.”IronBowl13_0038

Although this is Alabama’s first meeting in New Orleans and the Sugar Bowl it is the second time for Alabama head coach Nick Saban.  While Nick Saban was at LSU he faced Oklahoma in the 2004 BCS National Championship game where he won his first BCS National Championship.

 

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