College Football Betting -- Oklahoma May Encounter Angry 'Bama Bunch in Sugar Bowl

 

These teams meet up in the Sugar Bowl, which will begin at 8:30 PM Eastern time in the Superdome in New Orleans.

Alabama has an 11-1 straight up record, and a 7-5 mark against the football pointspread. They are currently ranked #3 in the country. Oklahoma is 10-2 straight up, with a 7-5 record as well against the points. They are 10th in the country in the USA today poll.

In the Sugar bowl betting odds posted at BetAnySports, Alabama is a considerable favorite:

Alabama Crimson Tide  -17
Oklahoma Sooners  +17

Over 51.5 points  -110
Under 51.5 points  -110

There is perhaps a little bit of controversy included as an overriding theme to this game. No, it's not the way that Alabama lost its rivalry game with Auburn; almost all football bettors know about that already. It's about some of the comments that were made by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops about the Southeastern Conference before the season; in particular, that their supremacy was more or less a myth. This was unusual coming from him, inasmuch as the SEC has won the BCS national championship seven straight times. And of course, Alabama has won three of those titles. It's not that Stoops doesn't respect the Crimson Tide; indeed, he calls Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron "the best player in the country." But the comments were kind of ridiculous.

We know what many BetAnySports customers might be thinking here; that perhaps Alabama isn't all that enthusiastic about being in this game. Having an attitude of disappointment, or thinking about a crushing loss that might have taken place last time out, is often a formula for disaster in bowl games. But Alabama coach Nick Saban says his team is "not disappointed" about being in this contest.

Alabama is deep everywhere. They have many people who can carry the football, and one of them is running back TJ Yeldon, who may not have met many of the benchmarks some people had set for him in his sophomore year, but is still one of the elite backs in the country. He lines up behind McCarron, who completed 68% of his passes this season, with only five interceptions. The senior, playing his last college game, is 36-3 as a starter. Amari Cooper is an explosive wide receiver, who scored on a 99-yard touchdown catch against Auburn. Christion Jones is another guy who's hard to cover, and he has an added dimension in that he is one of the top kick return men in the country.

After allowing over 600 yards and 42 points by Texas A&M, Alabama permitted only 50 points to be scored against its defense in the next nine games. Those opponents included Mississippi, LSU and Mississippi State, but not South Carolina or Missouri. And they didn't include Auburn, which ran for 296 yards in that 34-28 win on their part which propelled them into the national championship game. However, college football bettors at BetAnySports should take note that Alabama allowed an average of 11.3 points per game, which is second-best in the nation.

Stoops has been very coy about who will start at quarterback for his team. Trevor Knight, who injured his arm in the last game, may be available, but it could be Blake Bell, who progressed as a passer this season, who gets the start. Neither of these guys is that polished when throwing the football, and Oklahoma averaged only 187 yards per game. It's likely that Brennan Clay (913 rushing yards) will get the bulk of the work, even though Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard are extremely capable wideouts. There is much peril in being one-dimensional against Alabama.  Oklahoma registered an impressive early win against Notre Dame and got off to a 5-0 start. But then they lost to a struggling Texas squad 36-20, and later were clobbered 41-12 by Baylor, failing to cover the 15.5-point impost in the college football betting odds. They scored subsequent wins against Kansas State and Texas Tech, but by far their best effort of the season was their last one, where they beat Oklahoma State 33-24. That's what paved the way for them to get into the Sugar Bowl. But the Sooners could really use all hands on deck on the defensive side in this one, and they don't. Defensive tackle Jordan Phillips and linebacker Corey Nelson, both of whom are among the best in the big 12, suffered season-ending injuries. If Alabama comes out breathing fire, it could be a long night.  There's no better place to bet the bowls - or the NFL for that matter - than at BetAnySports!

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