After a devastating loss to Auburn in November, the Crimson Tide’s dream of a three-peat was no longer obtainable. But the season isn’t over. There is still one more game to be played, a game that is among the best bowls a team can play in: the AllState Sugar Bowl.
The Alabama Crimson Tide will be facing the Oklahoma Sooners on January 2nd, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Many Bama fans think that this will be a blowout game for the Tide, but if there’s one thing that Alabama has learned over the years; it’s to not take any game too lightly.
What does Alabama have to do to win?
Get the big(gest) boys going
Over the past few games, the Tide has struggled to create yards using their running game. Alabama will have create points on the board using their running game, as well as have efficiency from AJ McCarron. Oklahoma’s defense is fairly strong and fast, which has been creating problems for teams in the Big 12. The offensive line will also have to make sure to create pockets for both McCarron and the running backs- something that has been lacking over the past few games. Although Alabama is used to SEC football, the Big 12 does have some things to offer.
Stop the run… but be careful
Oklahoma and Alabama have one major thing in common: both like to run the ball. Alabama averages 212 rushing yards per game, while Oklahoma averages about 235. Oklahoma’s offensive line has been pretty effiecent in finding gaps for their running backs. Alabama’s defensive line will have to make strong stops near the line of scrimmage, and the safeties will have to be very cautious in the secondary in how they read Oklahoma’s offense since they like to throw deep, similar to Alabama.
Oklahoma is going to bring a fight, that is for sure. Bob Stoops has done an excellent job this season, preparing his team each and every game. Oklahoma is looking to put the icing on the cake to a season they are proud of. Bob Stoops is also hoping to prove that Big 12 teams can compete with and beat SEC teams.
But the Tide has other ideas. After a devastating loss to Auburn, the Tide is eager to show the nation who they are, and what mission they came to complete.
What will happen? Time can only tell. But if there’s one thing the nation knows about Alabama Football and time? When you give Nick Saban time, the clock always ticks on his side.
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