Sugar Bowl Odds: Alabama vs Oklahoma
Alabama had its heart set on another BCS title this season, but instead they'll have to settle for a shot at the Sugar Bowl when they face Oklahoma on Thursday.
The Crimson Tide lost the last game of their regular season to Auburn to fail to qualify for the SEC Championship Game, and then ended up at No. 3 in the final BCS rankings.
Oklahoma shot up to No. 11 in the final BCS rankings thanks to an upset win over rival Oklahoma State in their final game of the regular season. The Tide was favored by 17 points earlier today at Bovada.
The UNDER is 7-3 in the past 10 Sugar Bowls and the UNDER is 7-2-1 past 10 Sooner games as underdog. Alabama is 5-1 ATS when favored by 2 TDs or more, and the line was -15 early in December.
The Sooners defeated Bama in 2002-2003, the only recent meetings between these powerhouse schools.
The Sooners will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 7-5 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Crimson Tide are 7-5 ATS. Oklahoma is 6-5-1 against the total, while Alabama is 6-5-1 versus the number.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Crimson Tide rated this week at No. 3 and the Sooners sitting at No. 28. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 39-24 result in favor of the Crimson Tide this week.
In their last action, Oklahoma was a 33-24 winner on the road against Oklahoma State. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (57) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Sterling Shepard hauled in 7 passes for 112 yards against the Oklahoma State defense in the team's last game, leading Oklahoma over the Cowboys 33-24 on Saturday. In their last game, Alabama got a 141-yard performance from T.J. Yeldon, but Auburn prevailed 34-28.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Alabama's No. 16-ranked offense, averaging 38.75 PPG, against a Sooners defense that ranks No. 23 this week at 21.33 PPG. The Crimson Tide aerial game is averaging 236.92 yards per game, more than the Sooners secondary allows through the air, 198 YPG per game.
Defensively, the Sooners feature the league's No. 78-rated road run defense, allowing 189.83 yards per game. Alabama, meanwhile, ranks No. 38 in rushing offense at home.