NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma and the University of Alabama have both accepted invitations to play in the 80th Allstate Sugar Bowl on Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. ESPN will televise the contest to a national audience.
No college football game has ever featured two teams – Oklahoma (27) and Alabama (35) – that own more all-time combined bowl victories (62). The Sooners will make their 47th bowl appearance, earning their 15th straight bowl bid under head coach Bob Stoops. Only three schools have longer active consecutive streaks of bowl appearances recognized by the NCAA – Virginia Tech (21), Georgia (17) and Georgia Tech (17). The Sooners have an all-time bowl record of 27-18-1 and have won three of their last four bowl appearances under Stoops.
Among schools from BCS conferences, only Alabama (72) and Oregon (66) have more victories since the start of the 2008 season than Oklahoma (62). The Sooners have registered four consecutive seasons with 10 or more victories, meaning Oklahoma and Alabama are among four elite programs that have accomplished that feat, joining Oregon and Stanford. LSU could also join that list with a victory in its bowl contest. The Sooners are college football’s all-time leader with 35 seasons of 10 or more victories and are the only FBS school with 12 seasons of 10 or more wins dating back to the 2000 campaign.
“The Big 12 and the Southeastern Conference have been the two most dominant players in the Bowl Championship Series era," said OU Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. “The University of Oklahoma is honored to represent the Big 12 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl against another tradition-rich program like the University of Alabama. Our team is excited to compete in a BCS game for the ninth time under head coach Bob Stoops.
“Bowl games between longtime powers like Oklahoma and Alabama – schools with decades of championship history – are part of what makes college football so special. The Allstate Sugar Bowl and the city of New Orleans possess stellar reputations for providing a spectacular experience for student-athletes and college football fans, alike. I know our squad and our Oklahoma fans will enthusiastically embrace the opportunity to meet Alabama in a bowl for the first time in over 40 years, particularly in a contest with the storied reputation of the Allstate Sugar Bowl.”
Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2), which currently ranks No. 11 in the AP Poll, have won three straight games and five of its last six contests. Alabama (11-1, 7-1) is No. 3 in the AP Poll, and the Crimson Tide’s only loss was a 34-28, last-second decision at current AP No. 2 Auburn on Nov. 30. The Sooners and Crimson Tide will meet for the third time in a bowl contest. The two teams played to a 24-24 tie in the 1970 Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, while Alabama claimed a 17-0 victory in the 1963 Orange Bowl in Miami.
“The University of Oklahoma is looking forward to the challenge of competing against the University of Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl,” added Stoops. “The Allstate Sugar Bowl has long been a marquee postseason destination, and we’re excited about the University of Oklahoma being selected to play in a BCS game once again.
“The Sugar Bowl and New Orleans always provide a memorable experience for student-athletes and for fans. To have programs like Oklahoma and Alabama squaring off in January, that’s a match-up good for college football. I know Sooners fans will be excited to make the trip to support us in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.”
Tickets for Oklahoma's Allstate Sugar Bowl match-up vs. Alabama are now available only to University of Oklahoma football season-ticket holders through 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. Orders received by this deadline will receive priority consideration. Season-ticket holders should log into their online ticket account to gain access to purchase Allstate Sugar Bowl tickets. The OU ticket office is also open Sunday evening until 8:30 p.m. to accept phone orders at (800) 456-GoOU or (405) 325-2424. Fans are encouraged to go online for the easiest and quickest way to secure Allstate Sugar Bowl tickets.
Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If tickets are available after the priority deadline, an announcement will be made when the general public can purchase tickets. A limited number of tickets have been designated for students in the Plaza Level for $120. Student season-ticket holders must order through their online student account to gain access to this price level.
Pricing options for Allstate Sugar Bowl tickets are as follows:
o $225 – Loge (200, 300 Levels)
o $190 – Premium Terrace (500 Level)
o $180 – Plaza (100 Level)
o $160 – Terrace (600 Level)
All tickets will be shipped via UPS (no P.O. boxes, please). Tickets are anticipated to ship the week of Dec. 16. Parking is not sold in advance, but cash lots are available on game day for $25.
The Sooners will make their seventh appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the most of any non-SEC school. Oklahoma owns a 4-2 all-time mark in those six previous Sugar Bowl berths. Oklahoma’s most recent victory coming following the 1972 season when Chuck Fairbanks registered a 14-0 win over Penn State in his final contest as OU head coach. Bud Wilkinson led the Sooners to three straight Sugar Bowl appearances as head coach following the 1948-50 campaigns. Oklahoma also lost a 21-14 decision to LSU in the 2004 Sugar Bowl as the Tigers won the BCS National Championship.
“We’re very excited to be welcoming the University of Alabama and the University of Oklahoma to New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl,” said Sugar Bowl Committee President Jay Batt. “Each year, we have the pleasure of welcoming thousands of fans to this great city and showing off all it has to offer – world-class cuisine, trend-setting music, outstanding gridiron competition and more. We look forward to introducing our unique flavor of hospitality to all of the players, coaches, administrators and fans from these two great schools.”
A win in the Allstate Sugar Bowl would give Oklahoma a final record of 11-2 and would mark the 10th time that the Sooners have posted 11 or more victories during Stoops’ tenure.
“We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to host these two outstanding teams in this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl,” Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan said. “The Sugar Bowl Committee has worked hard over the years to present outstanding match-ups that produce thrilling games. This year’s game features two of the winningest programs in the history of college football, not to mention two of the most successful coaches in the country. We have little doubt that this game will produce another memorable chapter in the great history of the Sugar Bowl.”