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Sugar Bowl

The Sugar Bowl has been played annually on New Year’s Day since 1916, with the exception of years in which January 1 falls on a Sunday, which pushes the game to January 2. Ohio State met Alabama in a College Football Playoff semifinal game in 2015, and the Sugar Bowl will host one of the semifinal games every three seasons. Two of the top teams from the SEC and Big 12 play in the Sugar Bowl in years that it isn’t hosting a playoff game.

Since its inception, the Sugar Bowl has always had a tie to the SEC, with all but seven of the bowl’s all-time games featuring an SEC team. Through the end of the 2016 season, the SEC had a 39-36-1 all-time record in 76 appearances in this bowl. The Big 12 entered an agreement to send a team into the Sugar Bowl in non-playoff years in 2015. If the SEC champion or Big 12 champion is selected into the College Football Playoff, the next best team represents the conference in the Sugar Bowl.

From 2011 to 2016, teams in the SEC got crushed. The SEC went 1-5 SU and ATS in six games over that stretch, including outright losses by Florida as a 14.5-point favorite to Louisville in 2012 and Alabama as a 17-point favorite to Oklahoma in 2013. There were at least 54 points scored in seven of the eight Sugar Bowls played after the 2009 to 2016 seasons.

Notable players who have won the Sugar Bowl MVP award include Baker Mayfield (2017), Ezekiel Elliott (2015), Teddy Bridgewater (2013), Tim Tebow (2010), Jerome Bettis (1992), Bo Jackson (1984), Dan Marino (1982), Herschel Walker (1981) and Archie Manning (1970).

This year’s Sugar Bowl will see a third straight bowl game between No. 4-ranked Alabama and No. 1-ranked Clemson. The teams met in the last two national championship games, with each taking a victory. The Crimson Tide had a perfect record right up until their last regular-season game, when they lost to Auburn as a 5-point favorite. The Tigers’ lone blemish this season was being on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets of the season, losing to Syracuse as a 23.5-point favorite. For more on this year’s game, check out our Sugar Bowl betting preview.

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Sugar Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Sugar BowlVirginia Tech28Texas10-2VTECHVTECH
1996Sugar BowlFlorida52Florida State20+3FLAFLA
1997Sugar BowlOhio State14Florida State31-7FLASTFLAST
1998Sugar BowlOhio State24Texas A&M14+12TEXA&MOHIOST
1999Sugar BowlVirginia Tech29Florida State46-6FLASTFLAST
2000Sugar BowlMiami37Florida20+6MIAMIMIAMI
2001Sugar BowlIllinois34LSU47-2LSULSU
2002Sugar BowlGeorgia26Florida State13+7.5GEORGIGEORGI
2003Sugar BowlOklahoma14LSU21+6LSULSU
2004Sugar BowlVirginia Tech13Auburn16-6VTECHAUBRN
2005Sugar BowlWest Virginia38Georgia35-7WESTVWESTV
2006Sugar BowlNotre Dame14LSU41-8.5LSULSU
2007Sugar BowlHawaii10Georgia41-8GEORGIGEORGI
2008Sugar BowlUtah31Alabama17-9.5UTAHUTAH
2009Sugar BowlCincinnati24Florida51-12.5FLAFLA
2010Sugar BowlArkansas26Ohio State31-3OHIOSTOHIOST
2011Sugar BowlMichigan23Virginia Tech20+3PushMICH
2012Sugar BowlLouisville33Florida23-14.5LOUISLOUIS
2013Sugar BowlOklahoma45Alabama21-17OKLAOKLA
2014Sugar BowlOhio State42Alabama35-7.5Ohio StateOhio State
2015Sugar BowlOklahoma State20Mississippi48-7.5MississippiMississippi
2016Sugar BowlAuburn19Oklahoma35-2OKLAOKLA
2017Sugar BowlAlabama24Clemson6  Alabama