NORMAN, Okla. — The Sooners are headed to the Bayou to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
It’ll make for the teams’ first meeting in more than 10 years, with the Sooners winning the previous one 20-13 in Tuscaloosa back in 2003.
OU owns the all-time series 2-1-1, sweeping last decade’s home-and-home with the Tide in 2002 and ’03.
Alabama’s lone victory in the series came back in 1962, an Orange Bowl meeting that ended in a 17-0 shutout between a pair of Top 10 teams.
The two tied 24-24 in their fourth square off in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, Texas.
OU’s Saturday afternoon Bedlam victory over Oklahoma State, plus a Northern Illinois loss last Friday allowed the Sooners to play their way into a BCS bowl, as they moved into the Top 14 for at-large consideration.
The Sooners will head south the week prior to the contest for their second consecutive post-New Year’s bowl and sixth all-time in the Sugar Bowl, where they're 4-2.
It'll make for their ninth BCS game in the final year of the system as the College Football Playoff begins in 2014.
Bob Stoops has coached the Sooners in every BCS game, and will have now at least twice in three of the four BCS games (Fiesta, Orange, Sugar).
Stoops is 7-7 all-time in bowl games and has won three of the four BCS games, the lone exclusion the Sugar.