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Staff Picks: Sugar Bowl - Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Staff Picks: Alabama vs. Oklahoma
NEW ORLEANS | Check out this week's staff picks and breakdown for Alabama's tilt with Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. CT at the Mercedez Benz Superdome.
Alabama 31, Oklahoma 24
Despite a devastating loss to Auburn, Alabama's seniors can still go out with a win. And if there is a lesson to be learned from the last game it's that lapses in concentration can be costly. Alabama should win if it doesn't lose its focus.
Alabama 27, Oklahoma 17
If Alabama were playing a BCS buster, I would be tempted to predict an upset based on pure apathy. Drawing Oklahoma was a break in terms of motivation. And, honestly, the Sooners are a better opponent than Notre Dame was last year. So Alabama should win, but not in a blowout.
Alabama 31, Oklahoma 14
I'm not sure the Sooners are going to be able to get effective quarterback play out of whoever they send out. Alabama's seniors will be highly motivated to finish their careers with a win after the bitterness of the Iron Bowl loss.
Alabama 42, Oklahoma 17
Despite the disappointment from being knocked out of the national championship race, Alabama will not suffer a hangover against Oklahoma. The leadership of AJ McCarron and C.J. Mosley won't allow the Crimson Tide to stumble against the outmatched Sooners.
Alabama 34, Oklahoma 14
There is one question to ponder: Will Alabama be mentally ready following the devastating Iron Bowl loss? With AJ McCarron and C.J. Mosley manning each side of the ball, the Crimson Tide avoid a Utah-esque Sugar Bowl repeat and roll past the Sooners.
Alabama 42, Oklahoma 14
One second and a 100-yard touchdown run wiped out Alabama's national championship aspirations. If you are Alabama, that has to be as irritating as one of those scratches in the back of your throat you can't get to, but are constantly reminded of. I think Alabama takes out its frustration tonight on the Sooners.
Alabama 31, Oklahoma 17
This is reminiscent of the last time Alabama played in the Sugar Bowl - coming off a disappointing loss. A poor performance led to a loss to Utah. I think this team will rise above the disappointment of the Auburn game and take care of business.
Alabama 35, Oklahoma 17
Alabama avoids a repeat of the 2009 Sugar Bowl. This team is motivated to prove it's still the best team in the country and wants to send its seniors out on top.
Alabama 37, Oklahoma 6
The loss against Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl makes it easy to think this Alabama squad could lay another egg. This, however, is a different team, and the program as a whole is in far better shape than it was then. This one will resemble that 2010 thumping of Michigan State while reminding Bob Stoops the SEC is still top dog.
By Tommy Deas
Alabama 31, Oklahoma 14
This isn't the Alabama team of 2008, and the Oklahoma Sooners aren't Utah. OU should have Alabama's complete attention, and this Crimson Tide uad has more maturity among the upperclassmen than did the team that lost to the Utes. Expect Alabama to come ready to play.
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