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Oklahoma scores 35 points off five Alabama turnovers in Sugar Bowl win

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For one half it looked as though we went back in time watching some of the great Oklahoma teams from the earlier part of the Bob Stoops era. In the second half Stoops found a way to keep his Sooners in front of Nick Saban‘s Alabama Crimson Tide and held off any possible rally in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma shocked the two-time defending BCS champions with a 45-31 victory, Alabama’s first loss in a postseason bowl game since the 2009 Sugar Bowl upset to Utah. Alabama lost five turnovers, which turned in to 35 points for the Sooners.

Leading 31-17 at the half, Oklahoma got off to a poor start in the second half. Alabama eventually picked up the first score of the second half with a touchdown run by Derrick Henry from 43 yards midway through the third quarter to bring Alabama to within one score. Things looked to be going Alabama’s way, but the Sooners extended their lead in the fourth quarter when Trevor Knight rolled to the right side and then threw back a little to his left to find Sterling Shepard for a touchdown. The score made it a double-digit lead, 38-24. Alabama managed to score once more with AJ McCarron tossing a short pass to Henry, who then ran right up the middle of the field for a 60-yard touchdown to make it a once-score game. Once Oklahoma got their hands back on the football though, Alabama’s defense could not get off the field with enough time to work with on offense. Oklahoma punted away with 1:02 to play but without any timeouts Alabama failed to drive the length of the field to tie things up.

On the first play from scrimmage, McCarron dropped back and had the ball knocked out of his hand by Eric Striker. The loose football was picked up by Okla Geneo Grissom, who then stretched his body to reach for the goal line and one last touchdown. The 15-point underdog won by 14 as a result of the seventh sac of the night by Oklahoma’s defense.

Trevor Knight ended the night with 348 yards and four touchdowns while Alabama’s McCarron ended his collegiate career with 387 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in addition to the late fumble. The Crimson Tide actually out-gained Oklahoma 516-432 but were uncharacteristically careless with ball protection with five turnovers, which as mentioned above resulted in 35 points for Oklahoma.

Next season Oklahoma will open the season knowing Trevor Knight will be the main guy running the offense. If the Sugar Bowl and the regular season finale against Oklahoma State was any indication of what to expect from the Sooners in 2014, watch out in the Big 12. Oklahoma showed signs of improving as the season went along, so if they can carry that momentum in to the spring then they could be in store for a successful season next fall. The schedule is certainly favorable with home games against Tennessee, Baylor and Kansas State. The Sooners pen the 2014 season at home against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, August 30.

As for Alabama, it is back to the drawing board. For the first time in a few years the Crimson Tide will officially open a quarterback competition for the starting job in 2014. With McCarron moving on, Alabama will have a new starting quarterback but they could also be set to lose a running back. Fortunately the position is stocked. The focus should also be on the defense that had cracks all year and started to be beyond repair in the final games of the season. Alabama is not going anywhere though as far as the national title picture is concerned. With four spots up for grabs in the new college football playoff model starting next season, the Crimson Tide will continue to be a contender as long as Nick Saban is in charge.

Alabama opens the 2014 season in Atlanta against West Virginia on Saturday, August 30.

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170 Responses to “Oklahoma scores 35 points off five Alabama turnovers in Sugar Bowl win”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jan 3, 2014 12:35 AM

    Ha ha SEC.

    First UGA loses then this! What’s next???

  2. villain612 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:35 AM

    I’m not an Oklahoma fan but I have lots of respect for Bob Stoops. Great win by Oklahama. Congratualtions – the Sooner deserved to win that game.

  3. BrownsTown says: Jan 3, 2014 12:35 AM

    Normally Bama defenders wait until they get drafted in the first round to suck. These guys got themselves a head start tonight.

    Too bad an FCS team couldn’t play in the Sugar Bowl.

    RTR

  4. thegloriousone says: Jan 3, 2014 12:37 AM

    Auburn barely beat this Alabama team on a fluke field goal return?

    Bet the house on Florida State against a weak SEC champion.

    Oklahoma congratulations and thanks for putting easy money in my pocket.

  5. afrancis55 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:37 AM

    Now AJ McCryin can begin his career of wearing a headset and holding a clipboard!!

  6. taintedlombardis says: Jan 3, 2014 12:38 AM

    The SEC Bowl matchups were a joke. Every single SEC team played a lower ranked opponent. Auburn excluded.

  7. taintedlombardis says: Jan 3, 2014 12:39 AM

    I fear for the women and children of Alabama.

  8. pricecube says: Jan 3, 2014 12:40 AM

    Someone from the SEC was saying the Big 12 was a “dumpster fire”… well part of that dumpster fire just beat the consensus best team in the SEC.

  9. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 3, 2014 12:41 AM

    Alabama will file a complaint to the NCAA that they weren’t allowed to play the Sugar Bowl at home against a I-AA team

  10. gorilladunk says: Jan 3, 2014 12:42 AM

    I just want ONE SEC fan to come on here and admit Stoops was right in his comments about the SEC (as a whole) after tonight’s game. The “best” team in the conference got their asses handed to them by a 17 point underdog. Ten sacks surrendered all YEAR and SEVEN given up tonight. Somebody plays defense and it’s not just in the deep south. BOOMER!!

    On a side note..that #27 for ‘Bama is a monster.

  11. totallysirius says: Jan 3, 2014 12:43 AM

    Congrats Sooners on an outstanding victory.

    Where is that SEC dominance?

    Can you say…OVERRATED?

  12. blacknole08 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:46 AM

    I enjoyed every meeting of that beatdown. I wonder if that douche Paul Finebaum and the ESPN hype machine still thinks BAMA is the best team in the country.

    No way would they have beaten the Noles.

  13. blacknole08 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:46 AM

    **Every minute.

  14. villain612 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:47 AM

    It wasn’t the difference-maker but Alabama can’t be the best team in the country when their kicker wouldn’t make a high school team squad.

  15. Professor Fate says: Jan 3, 2014 12:51 AM

    Thank you Oklahoma for exposing the ESPN hype. Maybe now some of the other sports “experts” will stop drinking ESPN’s “SEC is head-and-shoulders above everyone else” kool-aid.

    A great example of why the SEC doesn’t play out-of-conference games against real teams or on the road. But don’t expect ‘Bama to drop far in the rankings because that would mean all the voters who kept them in the top 5 would have to admit they were wrong.

    Major kudos to OU for getting the job done with a bunch of starters out due to injury, including two team captains.

  16. Professor Fate says: Jan 3, 2014 12:52 AM

    Anybody else enjoy watching Saban melt down there at the end?

  17. ohioguy614 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:53 AM

    Thanks Boomer Sooner! College football fans all over thanks you. Go Cowboys, and Go Seminoles!! Beat the SEC into submission.

  18. polegojim says: Jan 3, 2014 12:55 AM

    Great OK win… convincing and resounding.

    Alabama earned and deserves all the hoopla the past few years…. but here we are… they are human.

    Parity… I said it two years ago… and last year.
    Parity is a equalizer that can’t be denied
    Parity is a fun ride that soon will buck you off
    Parity is why wise people enjoy the ride, but know it will end… so don’t get cocky…. and
    Parity is the revenge over fools that do
    Parity is the reason we all enjoy hope for our teams even when they’re down.
    Parity is knowing that at some point, your arch rival will be vulnerable and you will conquer.
    Parity is why we watch the games, year in and year out… knowing….that you NEVER really know what will happen til it’s over.
    Parity is a beautiful thing.

  19. afrancis55 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:55 AM

    The citizens all over Africa are now eagerly awaiting their 2013 Bama sugar bowl championship gear

  20. normtide says: Jan 3, 2014 1:00 AM

    Great game by Oklahoma. Knight rebuffed l reminded me of AJ in the title game against LSU. OK opened up the playbook for him, and he responded, completely. Bama still had a great year, and I’m very proud of this team.

    I didn’t like the narrative leading up to the game. And while the game was very entertaining, I didn’t like the outcome.

    Now it’s time to focus in recruiting. Prepare for next season. Betty excited to see thisthat team. Future looks bright for Knight too. Lord have mercy.

  21. thermanmerman99 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:03 AM

    LMAO the gump inbreds got dismantled , utah utes style HAHAHA what about the month dwarfboy saban had to prepare? isnt he the greatest coach who ever lived? gump fans will find a way to claim this as a national title winning year anyway, look at their history, they claim national titles in years they finished under .500. oh and where has the ultimate bandwagoner DEB been hiding at lately? usually she is commenting on every article, since bammer got exposed by auburn and now tonight, she will be gone for another 8 months

  22. liverpoolred04 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:08 AM

    No reason to take anything away from the SEC, they’re doing just fine, those in the SEC are glad Bama lost

  23. warjag55 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:09 AM

    Pulling for bammer because they are in the SEC is like pulling for Satan because he is in the bible.

    Missouri would have crushed bammer with the offense and the DE they have if bammer would have beat Auburn

    War Eagle!!!

  24. suprmous says: Jan 3, 2014 1:09 AM

    Dis Stoops all you will but somehow he gets the last laugh off on Saban. I get the sense that’s his way of sayin I remember a blocked field goal back in 03 and now it’s my turn to hear you say Uncle but it’s not for the NC this go roun. Ironiclly Bama bein over confident as usual has to remember you can’t win em all and the more you stay on that cloud of Over Confidence the more it hurts when you fall. Granted everybody wants to win but to think you can win em all is ridiculous. Enjoy the time you have off and regroup for next year. Take care one and all.

  25. railcarcowboy says: Jan 3, 2014 1:10 AM

    Alabama is overrated. They do two things well. They take care of the football and they play stout defense. Tonight they did neither. Alabama has good athletes but for the most part they’re BIG and slow.

  26. bender4700 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:14 AM

    Where the heck are all the SEC fans?

    hahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahaha

  27. cebritt says: Jan 3, 2014 1:14 AM

    Dear Alabama, You can keep Coach Sabin. Mack Brown lost four games this year but he did beat Oklahoma. Signed, Longhorn Fans

  28. ukeone says: Jan 3, 2014 1:16 AM

    Sports Center just said that this Sugar Bowl has seen the biggest UPSET of all time. I don’t think so because Alabama was severely OVERRATED to begin with, and LOST to a clearly SUPERIOR TEAM in OKLAHOMA. In fact, Alabama was the ‘true’ underdog in this match! What an embarrassment: If Alabama showed anything in ‘superior manner’ to all other football teams, it was HOW TO EFFECTIVELY AND CONVINCINGLY LOSE GAMES (by handing over the points through mega turn-overs and sacks)!

    From Notre Dame fans (which I am NOT): “Payback is a BITCH!!!”…Enjoy this one, Irish!

    In the mean-time: “Alabama fans have now gone home to TuscaLOSER to sacrifice their 1st-born for next season.”

    ‘Anything’ for a win (including 1-AA opponents).
    Oh well, see ya all in September!

    CONGRATULATIONS SOONERS…YOU WERE ‘CLEARLY’ THE WINNERS HERE!!!

  29. thekingdave says: Jan 3, 2014 1:16 AM

    Well it’s probably best Saban stayed at Alabama. We just had a coach who was beaten soundly more often than not by OU and Stoops every October, no sense in pursuing another.

  30. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 3, 2014 1:22 AM

    Just don’t hire Sumlin. He’s undefeated against OU, and .500 against Alabama.

    Speedy Noil says hi, btw.

  31. manik56 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:22 AM

    The B1G has more Rose Bowl wins since 2010 than the SEC has Sugar Bowl wins. The B1G has more Sugar Bowl wins than the SEC since 2010. We can make up convenient stats too. Suck it SEC!

  32. warjag55 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:22 AM

    Saban got a 2 million dollar raise for this. Ha Ha!!!!

    The SEC is happy tonight!

  33. 4512dawg4512 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:49 AM

    SEC is over rated. Oklahoma with coach Stoops showed Big Twelve dominance. There’s nothing else to stay

  34. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 3, 2014 1:56 AM

    Jerry Sandusky > Nick Saban

  35. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 3, 2014 2:02 AM

    Guys what the hell is up with the SEC talk? What about the two teams that actually played on the field?
    Some people spend way too much time on message boards.

    Anyways, great game Sooners!

  36. jjsooner says: Jan 3, 2014 2:02 AM

    thegloriousone says: Hey dude, I’ll take your house. Auburn wins going away after Mizzou loses to OSU.

  37. midtec2005 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:06 AM

    I thought Bama was a pro team?

    That’s what ESPN told me.

    What a joke.

    The SEC is overrated. They are no better than any other AQ conference.

  38. tampajoey says: Jan 3, 2014 2:07 AM

    As a consolation prize AJ will get a BJ from his horse-faced girlfriend.

  39. powercorrupts2 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:07 AM

    Where are you Deb? We miss you. Did you have to go to the Hospital? You have our sincere condolences.

  40. 1990tiger says: Jan 3, 2014 2:14 AM

    I did not see this one coming. I thought Bama would crush OU. From the looks of it, Bama thought the same thing and clearly underestimated their opponent. McCarron took way too much time looking downfield on too many plays and paid the price. Despite the size disadvantage, Striker manhandled Killaminjaro (or whatever the heck his name is) the entire game and sealed the deal on Bama’s last possession.

    Congrats to OU on a well-played game.

  41. dmvtransplant says: Jan 3, 2014 2:33 AM

    Three months ago to this day, Bob Stoops made what is probably the best line about SEC team defenses against decent QB’s. Now that he is holding the Sugar Bowl trophy whatever he said holds more weight.

    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/03/bob-stoops-takes-another-jab-at-sec/

    Side note of trivia since 2007 the SEC is 2-4 in the Sugar Bowl with those wins against Hawaii & Cincy. And for some reason those fans give other teams crap for losing BCS bowls.

  42. japmen says: Jan 3, 2014 2:36 AM

    Weak ‘Bama team finally gets exposed. Look at their schedule this year! What a horrible schedule for a top team. Look at their first opponent for next year. They like padding those out of conference games so that if they have a weak schedule(usually do), the SEC aura will cover up the warts.

  43. vikesdynasty says: Jan 3, 2014 2:54 AM

    You guys bashing Alabama are dumb as balls. They won 3 of 4 national titles. Overrated? Right…..

  44. suprmous says: Jan 3, 2014 3:03 AM

    On a side note, thank God we didn’t have to listen to Vernie and Danielson call the game. God knows they’d be cryin every other attempt to say somethin.

  45. realfootballfan says: Jan 3, 2014 3:13 AM

    Common thread, the game was meaningless just like when Alabama lost to Utah. I didn’t even know this game was on tonight to let you know how irrelevant the other bowls are now. Why are people here talking about this like something monumental happened. That’s coming up on Monday night.

  46. watchfullhose says: Jan 3, 2014 6:14 AM

    Sec was clearly overrated this year.

  47. dcroz says: Jan 3, 2014 6:50 AM

    I said it on the earlier thread and I will say it again now: Congratulations to the Oklahoma Sooners for well-deserved victory! You wanted it more, you were better prepared, and you were better coached.

    As for all the haters above: Gooooood. Let your hatred flow. Only then will you feel the power of the dark side of the Force….

  48. 1historian says: Jan 3, 2014 7:09 AM

    FYI – I am not a fan of the SEC.

    What is it about 6 straight national titles and playing for a 7th on Monday that you don’t understand?

    Congratulations Oklahoma

  49. janessa31888 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:14 AM

    Even the best teams struggle when they turn over the ball five times. Good job, Sooners.

  50. chippychonga says: Jan 3, 2014 7:24 AM

    Alabama lost the hairdo competition as well. What the hell were some of the Alabama guys thinking? Guuump

  51. florida727 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:33 AM

    afrancis55 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:37 AM
    Now AJ McCryin can begin his career of wearing a headset and holding a clipboard!!

    ——————————————

    You forgot to add the part where he’ll earn about 12 times more money than you, and, oh yeah, he’ll be married to a former Miss Alabama. I’m guessing you’re not.

    Don’t you just love haters? What a pathetic life you must lead to get such joy out of someone else’s failures. Assuming of course going 36-4 as a starter, winning 2 national championships, being part of a third (redshirt freshman year), and being a Heisman runner-up is considered a “failure”.

  52. sportsfan18 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:48 AM

    florida727 says:
    Jan 3, 2014 7:33 AM
    afrancis55 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:37 AM
    Now AJ McCryin can begin his career of wearing a headset and holding a clipboard!!

    ——————————————

    You forgot to add the part where he’ll earn about 12 times more money than you, and, oh yeah, he’ll be married to a former Miss Alabama. I’m guessing you’re not.

    Don’t you just love haters? What a pathetic life you must lead to get such joy out of someone else’s failures. Assuming of course going 36-4 as a starter, winning 2 national championships, being part of a third (redshirt freshman year), and being a Heisman runner-up is considered a “failure”.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Uh, he was talking about his upcoming PRO career.

    You’re right that he had a very good college career, but I didn’t see where the poster you responded to said he didn’t have a good college career.

    Heisman runner-up? Just look at how many Heisman winning QB’s don’t do well at all in the Pro’s.

    The poster you responded simply said he’d be a backup QB in the pro’s is all.

  53. tide4life says: Jan 3, 2014 8:09 AM

    And the anonymous tumbleturd haters crawl out from under their steamers; no surprise.
    As someone stated above, Sooners wanted it more, played better and took it home. Well done, guys! Well and cleanly done. OK has been a powerhouse before and is on the rise again. This why we love college football.
    The Tide has three crystal footballs in the last four years; we can live with that contribution to the total number of crystal footballs that have been taken- consecutively- by the SEC the last several seasons. Bama’s dominance, like that of the SEC as a whole, was never gonna last forever. No one’s ever does. Games are won and games are lost and the big ol’ circle keeps on a-spinnin. It’ll come around again. This season went downhill for us and more deserving teams stepped up.
    “Fans” who are throwing big handfuls of s**t at Foster are not fans- just coattail riders like all those Newton fanboys who crawled back under their steamers in 2011. I won’t do that, nor will I toss any at Oklahoma or Auburn. They earned their glory.

  54. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2014 8:10 AM

    bender4700 says:Jan 3, 2014 1:14 AM

    Where the heck are all the SEC fans?

    hahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahaha
    ================================
    $ECheat fans are poor winners and appear to be poor losers as well. $ECheat conference appears to be a bit over rated! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!! The Tide just got done rolled over!!! McCarron over rated…..he just plummeted in the draft! Saban not as cocky as he was…..should have taken the Texas job…….idiot.

  55. dkhhuey says: Jan 3, 2014 8:13 AM

    Yikes – a great deal of venom out on the boards! Given the fact that the SEC has won 7 of the last 8 titles and Bama has the majority – I think the overrated moniker is a bit much! Over-hyped, yes! It came down to who wanted it more and Oklahoma played a fantastic game lead by a freshman QB and that cannot be overstated!
    Alabama is stacked with talent and were just outplayed – but they will be back next year and will still be at the top and one of the teams to beat!

    Fantastic game to watch and congrats to both teams for going at it for 60 minutes! There were some incredible plays from the players of both teams and is testiment to why we love college football!!!

  56. dexterismyhero says: Jan 3, 2014 8:20 AM

    I wonder what that ol Alabama witch that was ripping Colin Cowherd is doing this morning. Bet her husband isn’t coming home till next Monday. Or her girlfriend isn’t coming home until next Monday!!!

  57. canehouse says: Jan 3, 2014 8:40 AM

    Alabama looked slow on defense last night… and they got pushed around in the trenches… very surprising!

  58. jimr10 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:44 AM

    Most of you do not realize Bama fans are going to declare they won the N.C. any way.. they claim something like 27 national championships…

  59. tide4life says: Jan 3, 2014 8:55 AM

    “Most of you do not realize Bama fans are going to declare they won the N.C. any way.. they claim something like 27 national championships…”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Which Bama fan in here has made any such declaration?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    “Alabama looked slow on defense last night… and they got pushed around in the trenches… very surprising!”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    They were. Teams have figured out how to counter big, physical defenses. Hurry-up offenses are one very effective way. Keeping them on the field and wearing them down with lopsided ToP is another. That’s the same tool those big Bama defenses have used to such advantage, which are now being turned against them by more agile offensive strategies. They will adapt, whether Saban likes it or not.

  60. cat1957 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:00 AM

    Way to go Sooners!!!! So proud of you. It’s about time a better team put Alabama in their rightful place!!!!

  61. waynefontes says: Jan 3, 2014 9:06 AM

    packerbadger says:
    Jan 3, 2014 8:10 AM
    ================================
    $ECheat fans are poor winners and appear to be poor losers as well. $ECheat conference appears to be a bit over rated! BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    —————————————————

    How about those Badgers? Another loss to an SEC team in a bowl. 2-7 all time record, almost as impressive as your 1-6 record in your last seven bowl games. No wonder your coach abandoned you for a low level SEC school.

    I would say you’re a poor winner, because Wisconsin football hasn’t been winning much lately. You are a poor loser though, always bringing up excuses and random things like graduation rates, women’s hockey and how great the state of Wisconsin is compared to the South (which is one of the funnier and more pathetic things I’ve seen on here).

    Congratulations to Oklahoma. They whipped Alabama, and they deserve all the accolades they are getting today.

  62. hatrhurter says: Jan 3, 2014 9:18 AM

    1historian says:
    Jan 3, 2014 7:09 AM
    FYI – I am not a fan of the SEC.

    What is it about 6 straight national titles and playing for a 7th on Monday that you don’t understand?

    ——————————————————
    what is it about, the SEC was overrated and that’s how they got there in the first place that you don’t understand? one of those NC’s was a team that had already lost to the team they were playing for it.

  63. buckeye1nation says: Jan 3, 2014 9:19 AM

    At the beginning of the year who would have thought that the B1G could have 2 top 5 teams and the SEC none in the final BCS Rankings? The B1G would have 2 BCS wins and the SEC none?

    I know there are still 2 BCS games to be played but that is a definite possibility..

  64. novoodoo4409 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:19 AM

    the look on the Gumps fan base was priceless…..second best part of the game…i wonder if krmyson tyde will still be the most popular girl’s name in tuskeyloser! i bet trailer parks burned last night, farm animals were abused and the local walmart sold out of wife beater tshirts…lmao…roll turds roll….

  65. longtallsam says: Jan 3, 2014 9:21 AM

    tampajoey says: Jan 3, 2014 2:07 AM

    As a consolation prize AJ will get a BJ from his horse-faced girlfriend.

    If you really think she is horse-faced, you should get some glasses. More likely, you are just jealous.

  66. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 9:25 AM

    Damn, the haters love to talk when an SEC team losses, but seem to be quiet when an SEC team wins. It comes with the territory,

    SEC still leading the Big 6 in Bowl win percentage at around 71% (5-2). Alabama lost, but the SEC didn’t and are still winning.

    Congrats to OU, my wife is very happy, but if you don’t want to celebrate the SEC win one team wins, why are we bashing the SEC when one team losses? Just saying.

    Don’t give me the BS about what other teams would’ve done against Alabama, unless they played Alabama, doing so makes you look real ignorant.

    To sum up…

    OU Won, Alabama lost, SEC still leading the other big 6 conference in bowl records and still has three games to go.

    Bad night for Alabama, not the SEC.

    Keep hating!!!

    BTW big12 fans, Baylor won the Big 12 and then lost to UCF…enough said.

  67. wethog66 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:35 AM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I do find OK and Big12 shit talking hilarious. I guess when you are a fan of a conference that cannot count (Big12 with only 10 teams) and said conference hasn’t been relevant for the most part on the National scene in 4-5 years moral victories like this must be seized upon.

    Bama and 1 or 2 other SEC teams have a good shot at the playoffs next year. Can the Big12 say the same? Not so much.

  68. tgaustin says: Jan 3, 2014 9:37 AM

    Here’s the deal with this situation. For all those that read this site daily, all you ever hear from BAMA fan is how they invented the game of football and that all schools are just inferior to them. This is what makes last nights victory by Sooner so glorious.

    It’s funny how when they lose, they disapear from here. But they sure do like to pile on other schools when they lose! Classic arrogance at it’s best!

    Also, this just in; AMOS was seen running down the highway last night, wearing nothing but his plaid depends screaming, “we were contendas, we were contendas”! Then Deb pulled up and graciously picked up her uncle and drove him home.

    On a side note, that #27 for BAMA(Henry) is a freaking beast(mini Lacy)!

    ROLL TURD

    HOOK EM’! (7-1-1)

  69. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2014 9:38 AM

    Hey waynefontes….. our Badgers actually made it to a Jan 1 bowl with our first yr coach; and with a little help from the refs, South Carolina pulled it out. Now, we get to watch our 4th ranked basketball team AND our 12th ranked hockey team in addition to watching our Packers in the playoffs!! What do you inbred LOSERS get to watch now other than family members having sex down there?

  70. raiderredleg says: Jan 3, 2014 9:41 AM

    @ powercorrupts2 I too “eagerly” await a posting by Deb (aka the Oracle/Mouth of the South) and her take on this game.

    Really don’t think the storyline for this game is as much about Alabama/SEC losing this Sugar Bowl game as much as how Oklahoma has reasserted itself at the top of not only the Big 12, but as a national contender for next.

    If there ever was a year for teams like the OSU Cowboys and Baylor Bears to “step up” and take charge of the Big 12 and become part of the National “conversation it was this year.

    But “Big Game” Bob did it again…He regouped his team after being embarassed by Baylor, won a hard fought road game against his mentor Bill Snyder. Then won AT STILLWATER (with the BELL-DOZER no less) and then again last night.

    Alabama came out and punched OU in the mouth right away, but OU simply went out and proved that they are the better team (and perhaps) the better program overall going forward.

    It was great watching Baylor and OSU this year “light it up”, but if I were Art Briles or Mike Gundy (especially if he can’t beat Mizzou tonight) I would be headed to Austin on the “next thing smokin” to interview for the UT job.

    Only the Longhorns have the resources/talents to match OU. Sooners have had a down couple of seasons, but I think last night proved it was ALL about them and that Sooner Nation is BACK.

  71. wethog66 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:45 AM

    Also, Redshirt Freshman = Sophomore, not True Freshman.

    Not to minimize what Johnny Football did last year, and what Drew Brees Jr. did last night for OK, but they were, and are, not true freshman, so lets please relax with the “A freshman did this, and a freshman did that”. No a 1st year starter with two years in their respective programs did amazing things. In short, Sophomore’s. Just saying.

  72. sportsdrenched says: Jan 3, 2014 9:54 AM

    “If there ever was a year for teams like the OSU Cowboys and Baylor Bears to “step up” and take charge of the Big 12 and become part of the National “conversation it was this year.”

    Those silly Baylor Bears, they only stepped up and won the Conference this year. Losers.

  73. tony34343434 says: Jan 3, 2014 9:58 AM

    after that loss it will be a long day working at the Piggly Wiggly for all those Bama graduates.

    Roll Dam Tears!!!!!

  74. hatrhurter says: Jan 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    wethog66 says:
    Jan 3, 2014 9:35 AM
    I don’t have a dog in this fight, but I do find OK and Big12 shit talking hilarious. I guess when you are a fan of a conference that cannot count (Big12 with only 10 teams) and said conference hasn’t been relevant for the most part on the National scene in 4-5 years moral victories like this must be seized upon.

    ——————————————————–
    it’s hard to be considered relevant when one conference has half their teams ranked in the top 10 at the beginning of the year and they only play each other and those 2 teams the big 12 is missing are currently kicking the crap out of said conference.

  75. artisan3m says: Jan 3, 2014 10:01 AM

    Sabin’s looking for loopholes in that contract extension in case he gets that phone call from Austin. The Longhorns may have lost interest ~ they only want a coach that can beat Oklahoma. But then, so does Alabama. Hmmm. The bookies took a bath on Bama and Baylor.

  76. nipper6 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:04 AM

    All you Bama haters,
    Just remember this: after 4 turnovers by Alabama, and with one minute left on the clock, it was still only a one possession game. Seven points separated Bama from Oklahoma, and with AJ at the helm, the prospects looked positive. The sack/fumble/TD ended any hopes. So, even though Oklahoma won, just remember it took 5 TD-scoring turnovers to do it. Look back at Alabama’s record and see where that ever happened. Congratulations to Coach Stoops and his team. And for you McCarron haters, show me any other QB in the country with a won/loss record anywhere close to AJ’s! What a bunch of losers that this column attracts!

  77. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2014 10:11 AM

    Hey nipper6….. Bama got its azz kicked by 14, just you remember that……k?

  78. fsu01 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:17 AM

    I am not a fan of the SEC fans (SEC teams a bit different). But I am not a fan of Oklahoma or Alabama. Just like all SEC fans do not get claim the national championships that Alabama won, nor do I get to claim this win as one for my team. Congratulations to the Oklahoma Sooners. But that is what this is a win by Oklahoma over Alabama. This is not a win by any other teams or conferences over the SEC as a whole.

  79. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 10:19 AM

    I don’t thank Bama was near as good this year as they were last year.

    I still can’t believe that was the same OU that got curbstomped by a very mediocre Texas team.

    I believe a lot of what happened last night was the same thing that happened to Bama in the 08 Sugar Bowl… They had planned on being in the national championship all year and when that was taken away, they lost focus…. 5 turnovers…. That’s almost half of what they had the whole regular season…

  80. artisan3m says: Jan 3, 2014 10:22 AM

    Loving the ‘reasonings’ of the SEC suck=up writers and talking heads this morning as they ‘explain’ the Bama loss. Some of the comments are simply hilarious such as “Bama just wasn’t motivated since the game wasn’t for the NC.” Bama is great and a one-in-ten-million fluke play eliminated them from the NC game ~ but last night Oklahoma beat them head up, at full strength, with a freshman QB, and on national TV. It was no fluke that Bama lost last night. It was a better team from Norman that caused that.

  81. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 10:26 AM

    First off, good game to the Sooners. They wanted it more and earned it.

    Secondly, Something like 3 dozen posts bashing the SEC as a whole within hours of the game ending, minutes even? Several of which calling SEC poor winners and even poorer losers? Gotta say, look in the mirror when you say poor winners. Most of the SEC fans actually congratulate victors on a good game. Go ahead, look at other articles and comments, I’ll give you some time.

    Overrated SEC as a whole? SEC has dominated the BCS era, SEC bias aside. Granted is could get jacked up this year, because I don’t have the greatest confidence in Auburn against FSU, but SEC is batting 1.000 in national championship games. The only BCS game that matters. Oh wait, one of those was SEC vs SEC. Should that Oklahoma St team who got decimated by an unranked team take the place of someone who barely lost to the #1 team? Hardly anyone agrees that should’ve happened.

    BCS era (up till 2013 since this years bowls aren’t completed):
    SEC 27 appearances, .680 win ratio
    Big10 28 appearances, .455 win ratio
    Big12 22 appearances, .429 win ratio
    Pac12 21 appearances, .619 win ratio

    OU and UA specific stats:
    POLL ERA (this is to give OU credit) National Titles (i.e. AP titles): Alabama 10, OU 7

    The Big 12 has been up to the plate for 7 BCS national championship game appearances, but has only stepped away with 2 crystal footballs.

    Point of the matter is, facts state SEC isn’t a flawless winning machine, but is a consistent threat year after year towards other conferences, and is a dominant force. One of the reasons there is an SEC bias, is the BCS Bowl win percentage alone.

    Oh wait, someone ALSO mentioned out of conference scheduling. UL-M ring a bell, Tulsa? Maybe Wofford does for Baylor, or even Buffalo? At least Oklahoma St played Miss st, but a lower-mid standing SEC team? Coupled against a UTSA and Lamar? Texas couldn’t stand up to Ole Miss.

    S.Carolina beat a UCF that man handled Baylor for most of their bowl game, and a top high ranked Clemson. Alabama vs a VaTech, etc. I could keep going on.

    Point? More Big 6 vs Big 6 match ups in the SEC than there were in the Big12, 10 12… wait how many teams are there now? Neither of those conferences know how to count, dammit…

    In the end, prior posts in this thread point out who’s more vitriolic and a more poor winner/loser. Certainly hasn’t been the Alabama/SEC fans. I’d say it’d be those who posted before 3 A.M. when most rational people are sleeping before work.

  82. fsu01 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:28 AM

    I would agree with you 8on8, except the pregame videos from Alabama players and coaches were talking about how they, “still had to prove they were the best team in the country.” That does not sound to me like a team or staff that was unmotivated.

  83. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 10:32 AM

    fsu – 8to80 i think hit the nail on the head. Anyone can say anything to a camera, but if you’re not emotionally driven to back up those words, they’re just words, nothing else.

  84. fsu01 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:34 AM

    I agree with most of what you said vie, but you should have left the last sentence off of your post. “Post after 3 am when most people sleep before work.” Because that makes it sound as if you are working today in which case you would be making your post at work. Which is worse posting from home or posting on company time? I say this as a joke, not as a put down so do please do not take it that way.

  85. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 10:37 AM

    Posting from vacation time :)

  86. ohioguy614 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:38 AM

    OK ‘Bama and SEC fans…just suck it up and take it. Watching the Tird…errr, Tide lose last night was exhillirating. Nobody is more quick to judge others than you guys, so it’s time you took your medicine and let us bask in the glory of your loss. You are no better or worse than anyone else out there on any given day. SUCK IT! —-Sincerely, BIG 10 fan, BIG 12 fan, PAC 12 fan, ACC fan, and other conference fans whose conference has changed their names that I cannot remember.

  87. atlwmn says: Jan 3, 2014 10:39 AM

    I’m a Georgia fan (and alum), and I’m relieved to see a few SEC teams go down. Georgia needs to get knocked into submission until changes come, and Alabama needed a slice of humble pie. To those who repeatedly chant “SEC” every freaking year, get over yourselves. Look out for your own team. No one else in your conference cares about you, so why jump on the conference bandwagon when it suits you? I hate the “SEC” crap as much as anyone, and I’m in the heart of SEC country. It’s every team for themselves.

  88. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 10:39 AM

    Yeah… ohioguy just kinda proved my point about which fans are more vitriolic.

  89. wethog66 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:43 AM

    hatrhurter says:
    Jan 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    it’s hard to be considered relevant when one conference has half their teams ranked in the top 10 at the beginning of the year and they only play each other and those 2 teams the big 12 is missing are currently kicking the crap out of said conference.

    ———————————————————-

    Yeah those two teams jumped the Big12 ship as soon as they could. Says it all.

    Also, looking at A&M’s schedule I don’t see a lot of crap kicking going on. Oh wait, they did kick the crap out of SMU, Sam Houston, Rice, Vandy and UTEP. The others on their schedule they either lost (Bama, LSU, Auburn and MIZZOU) or won close games. And capping off a real crap kicking season with a 4 point win over Duke is a real statement maker.

    And MIZZOU had a great year, no doubt, but they played in the weaker SEC East and they did get their asses kicked not to long ago by my Navy Midshipmen so lets not toot their horn to loudly yet.

    Having said all that, IMO, the Big12 is still comfortably battling the ACC for #3 in the big D1 conference pecking order.

    Enjoy that OK victory.

  90. rsoandb says: Jan 3, 2014 10:47 AM

    2nd gen OU fan here. Fabulous effort by OU, well prepared, highly motivated. Great pass rush, but LOTS of missed tackles. OU leads series 3-1-1!
    Bama will reload though. Henry’s a beast. I hate Saban’s unprofessional ranting.

  91. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 10:48 AM

    atlwmn – I agree with ya. Only reason why I care about the conference as a whole is the win ratio in the post season. Higher ratio, higher strength for the conference. Only reason for the stats I posted.

    I think I watched the 1st quarter of the game last night, then went to do something else. Only game that matters is the NCG in my opinion, 2nd place is the first loser, so really, any bowl bragging done is by those who felt their team was inferior and overcame some insurmountable odds to win some meaningless victory.

  92. gquesen says: Jan 3, 2014 10:48 AM

    Oregon fan here. As such, I loved nothing more than watching big bad Bama get pushed around. And people are right to give Bama fans a taste of their own shit-talking medicine. But can we stop with all the incest jokes? Pretty low class in my opinion.

  93. fsu01 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:50 AM

    I agree atlwmn, and that was the point of a previous post. When Oklahoma beat Alabama last night that is not a win that Iowa State fans get to rub into the faces of Kentucky fans. That was a great win by Oklahoma over Alabama nothing more.

  94. 7heismans7ships says: Jan 3, 2014 10:52 AM

    All of the SEC Turds are quiet. Very few are man enough to come out and admit they are beatable, and are far from dominant!

  95. fsu01 says: Jan 3, 2014 10:55 AM

    Heck even my Seminoles win on Monday night, I will not be back in here rubbing it in anybody’s face, not after the 13 year run we had.

  96. 7heismans7ships says: Jan 3, 2014 10:56 AM

    @ atlwmn , Thank you for saying that. If only 1 million other jerks were smart enough like you to cheer for THEIR team, and not a conference. Its so annoying to hear SEC Guy cheer for conference. I am a Buckeye fan, not a big ten fan. When Sparty beats us, it hurts our recruiting there.

  97. rsoandb says: Jan 3, 2014 11:03 AM

    gamustangdude: Yes, Baylor won the Big12. So what – anyone of many teams could have because the conference is highly competitive!

    Texas beat OU
    Baylor beat Texas and OU
    OSU beat Baylor
    OU beat OSU

    Just sayin’…

  98. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 11:07 AM

    hatrhurter says:
    Jan 3, 2014 10:00 AM

    it’s hard to be considered relevant when one conference has half their teams ranked in the top 10 at the beginning of the year and they only play each other and those 2 teams the big 12 is missing are currently kicking the crap out of said conference.
    _________________

    You mean the same Mizzou team that went 2-6 in the SEC last year, and are a combined 9-8 since joining the SEC? pure domination right there. A&M is a little better at 10-6 combined, but they were 4-4 this year in the conference. again pure domination right? How again are they “kicking the crap out of said conference”

    Before you answer that keep in mind that Baylor won the big12, Baylor who’s conference winning percentage is around .40 % all time (they lost more conference games then they have won), Baylor who has only been above .500 three times in conference play since 1996. Matter of Fact both A&M and Mizzou have better Big 12 conference record than Baylor, Baylor who lost to UCF, American Conference. Baylor won the Big-12.

    Keep that in mind the next time you decide to bring Mizzou or A&M into any of your SEC conversations.

  99. hatrhurter says: Jan 3, 2014 11:07 AM

    wethog, who beat BAMA last year? what was the final score between those two teams this year? two teams that used to be whipping boys in the big 12 are contenders in the SEC. yeah, it’s overrated.

  100. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 3, 2014 11:08 AM

    What’s ironic is that it is normally OU that has a case of the “we’re better than this bowl” and end up getting shellacked.

  101. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 11:08 AM

    rsoandb says:
    Jan 3, 2014 11:03 AM
    gamustangdude: Yes, Baylor won the Big12. So what – anyone of many teams could have because the conference is highly competitive!

    Texas beat OU
    Baylor beat Texas and OU
    OSU beat Baylor
    OU beat OSU

    Just sayin’…

    And what conference isn’t highly competitive?

    just sayin’…

  102. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 11:10 AM

    @ 7heismans – but when sparty wins a bowl, it helps recruiting and schedule strength for the upcoming year for the conference, directly improving tOSU.

    There’s a time to cheer for your conference, but that time is only when it’s a benefit for your team.

    Ideally, you want everyone on your schedule to win until they face you, after they play you and you beat them, what they do after that is not relevent until post season.

    Outside of Alabama, I pull for whoever makes UA look better and play better. Stats and logic make my decision on that one.

    However, as an Alabama fan, not sure I can cheer for Auburn in the NCG… lol…

    @ gquesen – thank you. Incest jokes do get old, especially when the NE has been proven as having a higher inbreeding coefficient within ethnic groups and communities. :)

    I will disagree with you on Bama fan shittalking though. deb and normtide (and myself) keep level heads when discussing football and are generally cordial. Rarely do I actually see an Alabama fan become hostile. I see more hostile towards Alabama and other SEC teams than vice versa. Except Tennessee fans. They’re the ghetto of the south!

  103. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 11:19 AM

    As a side note, why with the downranking on my 1st post? All I did was point out the stats that give reason for the SEC bias in polls.

    Or was it that I pointed out the hostile posts towards SEC and Alabama fans?

    I’m not an SEC fanboy. However, I recognize that logic dictates a conference’s recent historic (read: BCS era in this case) helps determine it’s strength, as well as the strength of a single team within that conference. I would make a similar opinion of the Big10 or 12 if the stats were reversed and they had the overall winning percentage and the SEC had the lower.

  104. tide4life says: Jan 3, 2014 11:25 AM

    ” will disagree with you on Bama fan shittalking though. deb and normtide (and myself) keep level heads when discussing football and are generally cordial. Rarely do I actually see an Alabama fan become hostile. I see more hostile towards Alabama and other SEC teams than vice versa. Except Tennessee fans. They’re the ghetto of the south!”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Kinda sad, really that this thread is turning out to be less about offering well-deserved kudos to the Sooners on a big win for them, than it is about pathetic little whiners sh*t-talking about sh*t-talking that doesn’t even exist in this thread. I guess little boys with keyboards will be little boys with keyboards.
    Once again: Damn fine game, Sooners! You won decisively, in excellent form and with class. Good job, Coach Stoops and staff! You had ‘em prepared and pumped and they delivered a game that was virtually flawless. That’s how you win. Well Done. Bravo Zulu, as we said in the Navy.

  105. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 3, 2014 11:28 AM

    Looks like Bob Stoops backed up his comments regarding the SEC.

  106. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 11:29 AM

    ohioguy614 says:
    Jan 3, 2014 10:38 AM
    OK ‘Bama and SEC fans…just suck it up and take it. Watching the Tird…errr, Tide lose last night was exhillirating. Nobody is more quick to judge others than you guys, so it’s time you took your medicine and let us bask in the glory of your loss. You are no better or worse than anyone else out there on any given day. SUCK IT! —-Sincerely, BIG 10 fan, BIG 12 fan, PAC 12 fan, ACC fan, and other conference fans whose conference has changed their names that I cannot remember.
    __________

    Sorry, you’re wrong. Last night didn’t prove your point as strongly as you would hope.

    SEC is better than the other conference for a few main reasons. (not opinions, but facts)

    FACT 1: SEC has won 7 straight BCS Championships and are playing for an 8th.

    FACT 2: as vie05ua put it above, The SEC has been dominating BCS bowl games. All othere conferences haven’t even cracked .500 yet (I’m sure to get some thumbs down on this one, who really cares though?)

    BCS era (up till 2013 since this years bowls aren’t completed):
    SEC 27 appearances, .680 win ratio
    Big10 28 appearances, .455 win ratio
    Big12 22 appearances, .429 win ratio
    Pac12 21 appearances, .619 win ratio

    and Fact 3: CURRENTLY (it could change) the SEC is leading all other of the Big 6 conferences in 2014 Bowl game win percentage. That could change as I said before givin we have 3 more game left.

    and Fact 4: SEC has more players in the NFL then another conference as well.

    So OU beat Alabama, sucks for Alabama fans but fans of other SEC teams, aren’t really that upset about it.

  107. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 11:32 AM

    ratsfoiledagain says:
    Jan 3, 2014 11:28 AM
    Looks like Bob Stoops backed up his comments regarding the SEC.

    not really, unless OU played the entire SEC last night, I thought the only played Alabama.

  108. wethog66 says: Jan 3, 2014 11:35 AM

    hatrhurter says:Jan 3, 2014 11:07 AM

    wethog, who beat BAMA last year? what was the final score between those two teams this year? two teams that used to be whipping boys in the big 12 are contenders in the SEC. yeah, it’s overrated.

    ———————————————————-

    You said A&M and MIZZOU were “kicking the crap” out of the SEC. I responded with facts refuting your claim. The only 2 SEC teams A&M kicked the Crap out of this year were Ark. and Vandy. As for MIZZOU, they did some crap kicking, but they were in the weaker SEC East and they didn’t play Bama or LSU and lost to Auburn. And don’t forget the ass kicking my Navy Midshipmen put on them.

    So yeah both were crap kicking this year, to a point…

    Having said all that, once again, congrats to OK. Very impressive win. And when OK is given the chance to jump from the sinking ship that is the Big12 they should take it.

  109. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 11:40 AM

    @hatrhurter

    it’s funny how you comment that two big12 “whipping boys”? are “contenders” in the SEC, after a even bigger big 12 whipping boy just WON the Big 12.

    ironic as hell isn’t it?

    Hey pot your black… Just stop already

  110. hatrhurter says: Jan 3, 2014 11:44 AM

    or teams like BAMA and LSU can just agree to play them. a year or two ago i checked OU’s 2015 schedule and LSU was on it and on it again in 2016 but now they’re gone. i was REALLY looking forward to those games.

  111. ancientcougar says: Jan 3, 2014 11:48 AM

    Alabama could have won last night….Saban & his coaching staff was flat outcoached…..He had the key; give it to Henry and watch him score. I don’t know who the offensive coach was last night for the “Tide”, but didn’t he see the screen that went for a touchdown by Henry? Oklahoma couldn’t stop this guy….I don’t know if a train could.

  112. Deb says: Jan 3, 2014 11:51 AM

    Great game by Oklahoma. Reminds me that a couple of years ago the Sooners were the team I most feared would derail our championship aspirations until injuries took them out of the running. They looked awesome. I’m just glad we made a game of it. Clearly we weren’t meant to contend for a title this year, and I’m thankful this was a Sugar Bowl and not a the BCS Championship.

    Sorry for such a poor showing in McCarron’s last appearance for the Tide, but thanks for the memories, A.J. You’ll be in our hearts forever.

    As for where I’ve been, it’s called a vacation. Since I work on a computer, I’ve avoided it like the plague. No blogs, no Facebook, no news of any kind. I’ve been blissfully ignorant of the world around me for nearly two weeks and plan to remain so until the vaca ends. Only popped in here today to be a good sport to Oklahoma. therman, tgaustin, raiderredleg, and somebody I’ve never seen before named powercorrupts (so glad I’m in your head, darlin’) are living in a fantasy world if they think a Bama loss or the entire SEC being routed would make me go into hiding. That’ll be the day. Children, don’t judge me by yourselves.

    It’s unfortunate that my Tide and Georgia didn’t represent, but kudos to the Ol’ Ball Coach for beating Wisconsin. The fact that so many take so much pleasure in an SEC loss just proves we’re still the standard :D

    Roll Tide Roll!

  113. vie05ua says: Jan 3, 2014 12:06 PM

    hatrhurter – a lot of OOC games were cancelled due to scheduling issues within the conference, such as this year’s Vandy and OSU game. Blame SEC picking up TAMU and Mizzou (I prefer a 12 team conference, in all honesty) and having to shuffle schedules around. It’ll settle down. First two years have been “crap where can we get these games in” kinda deals.

    Same would’ve happened with the Big12 if things were reversed. Any conference puts priority on fixing scheduling within the conference before OOC games are fixed.

  114. themagicfanguy says: Jan 3, 2014 12:17 PM

    So Bama loses to the second best Big12 team, and UCF beats the best Big12 team. Guess the SEC ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  115. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2014 12:21 PM

    Deb says:
    It’s unfortunate that my Tide and Georgia didn’t represent, but kudos to the Ol’ Ball Coach for beating Wisconsin.
    ==================================
    I’ll be watching Wisconsin Basketball (ranked #4), Wisconsin hockey (ranked #12) and the Packers (hosting ICE Bowl #2) on Sunday? What does Bama have to offer now? Oh, I know…..NOTHING!! lol!

  116. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 3, 2014 12:28 PM

    realfootballfan says:

    “Common thread, the game was meaningless just like when Alabama lost to Utah. I didn’t even know this game was on tonight to let you know how irrelevant the other bowls are now. Why are people here talking about this like something monumental happened. That’s coming up on Monday night.”

    I guess that means you only watch 1 game per year as all the others are “meaningless.” A real football fan watches games between 2 closely matched teams for the love of the game. That is what we saw in hard fought battles between Oklahoma and Alabama and in several other bowl games.

  117. infrno says: Jan 3, 2014 12:33 PM

    You morons attempting to act as if one game on one night makes some sort of statement about the entire SEC over years really are just showing how ignorant, petty and jealous you are.

    Most of us in the SEC aren’t “fans of the SEC”. We are fans of SEC teams that recognize that yes, contrary to the ignorant statements on here, the SEC has consistently been the toughest conference in NCAA football for a number of years. That wasn’t always the case, but the numbers prove that it currently is. Personally, I don’t know of a single fan of an SEC team other than Bama fans that are in any way upset about the outcome of last night’s game. I was pulling for OU the entire time.

    I’ll be pulling for FSU against Auburn as well, as I was an FSU fan back in the Bobby Bowden days because I just like the guy. Also, Auburn in a division rival and the only time I could ever root for them is against Alabama.

    But the winning percentage, national titles and numbers of NFL players speak for themselves. The fact is OU needed to get 5 turnovers and score off of every one of them in order to win, and believe me if you play them 9 more times you won’t get that many in all 9 games combined. Personally I’m glad they got them when they needed them, but don’t delude yourselves.

  118. ratsfoiledagain says: Jan 3, 2014 12:38 PM

    gamustangdude says:
    Jan 3, 2014 11:32 AM

    ratsfoiledagain says:
    Jan 3, 2014 11:28 AM
    Looks like Bob Stoops backed up his comments regarding the SEC.

    not really, unless OU played the entire SEC last night, I thought the only played Alabama.
    ********
    They did, and TEAM SEC, as many SEC fans like proclaim, lost.

  119. infrno says: Jan 3, 2014 12:42 PM

    They did, and TEAM SEC, as many SEC fans like proclaim, lost.

    ————————–

    LOL, please stop proving your ignorance. Better yet, continue, it just makes you look foolish.

  120. tide4life says: Jan 3, 2014 12:42 PM

    “I’ll be watching Wisconsin Basketball (ranked #4), Wisconsin hockey (ranked #12) and the Packers (hosting ICE Bowl #2) on Sunday? What does Bama have to offer now? Oh, I know…..NOTHING!! lol!”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Don’t you cheeseheads have a forum for hockey, eh? You’re right- Bama don’t play no hockey. Is there a point in there, somewhere, other than your imtimidation by the SEC is forcing you to back up into some sad little hockey corner where you can say, “Yeah, well, we play hockey, eh?”

  121. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2014 12:43 PM

    Think what could be done if you could harness the negativity that has gone into so many of the posts here.

    IMHO, bowl games are for the kids and are essentially meaningless.

    Saban did beat Oklahoma when it counted.

    BTW, I did root for Michigan State the other night. I loved the way they played and the story of #47.

    Enjoy the bliss, Deb!

  122. buckeye1nation says: Jan 3, 2014 12:46 PM

    Throughout the season many SEC fans were bashing tOSU schedule saying they didn’t play anybody. The same mid level B1G teams that we beat during the regular season(Wisconsin and Iowa), the Mid level SEC Teams beat, but struggled against. Throw in the UGA loss to Nebraska (whom we did not play) and A&M needing a huge come back to beat Duke, I would say that a 3 or 4 loss SEC team in the top 25 is a bit of a stretch. (4 loss UGA at 22, 3 loss LSU at 16 and 4 loss A&M at 21).

    The SEC is good, but other conferences are catching up and as a whole the SEC is not as good as many SEC fans and ESPN would have us believe.

    And I would not classify this as the biggest upset in BCS history as ESPN has suggested.

  123. Deb says: Jan 3, 2014 12:48 PM

    @packerbadger …

    You really should get that mental short-circuit repaired. This is a college football blog. My dad is from Alabama and I was reared on Tide football. That’s my only interest in Alabama sports.

    I’m a Florida native. Florida has three NFL teams, two MLB teams, two NBA teams, two NHL teams, three Arena teams, 13 Division 1 NCAA teams, and is a hub for NASCAR, golf, and triathalon. Wisconsin has nothing on Florida when it comes to sports. But football is my only interest, and I’ve been a Pittsburgh Steelers diehard for 35 years. I’m thrilled that after going 0-4, we were a blown call from playing this weekend. If Alabama got an NFL team tomorrow, it wouldn’t matter to me. Steelers ’til I die.

  124. infrno says: Jan 3, 2014 12:50 PM

    I think they are calling it the biggest upset because of the point spread. At one time Alabama was favored by 17.5-18.5 points (I believe the line was more like 15 just before the game), so you’re looking at roughly a 30 point swing.

  125. Deb says: Jan 3, 2014 12:54 PM

    @cometkazie …

    Happy new year!! I am enjoying it!!

    @infrno …

    Glad my brother’s not around to read your post. He was ready to kill me for saying I’d root for Auburn in the title game because of SEC loyalty. He said the rest of the SEC never extends that courtesy to Alabama. Guess he’s right. The whole family’s pulling for FSU.

  126. buckeye1nation says: Jan 3, 2014 12:57 PM

    @infrno–The Sugar Bowl has not been kind to the SEC in the past few years, especially to those SEC teams that are heavily favored (see Utah, Louisville and now Oklahoma). Not sure what the spread was on the tOSU/Arkansas game a few years ago.

  127. infrno says: Jan 3, 2014 1:02 PM

    @ Deb

    If it were (a) a team other than FSU and (b) any SEC East team other than Florida (our permanent opponent from the East), I’d pull for them. As I said, I can’t pull for an annual rival and in this case FSU has always been my #2 team.

  128. southernpatriots says: Jan 3, 2014 1:21 PM

    Congrats to the Oklahoma Sooners! A well coached, well played (with great desire) game! Stoops has won the big one!

    Regrets to good Bama fans. I did not see this one coming, though Saban may have put it best when he said it was difficult to get the players to focus on this game and play with their potential. Another way of saying, they were flat. Sort of how McCarron was most of the game…flat. He went down almost as many times in that game as he did all season.

    Was quite a game to watch, though I could not believe what I was seeing at times. The SEC is now 5 – 2. Mizzou over Oklahoma State? That will be 6 -2. Auburn over Florida State brings us to 7 – 2. That is a very good bowl game record this season for the SEC.

  129. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 1:25 PM

    ratsfoiledagain says:
    Jan 3, 2014 12:38 PM
    gamustangdude says:
    Jan 3, 2014 11:32 AM

    ratsfoiledagain says:
    Jan 3, 2014 11:28 AM
    Looks like Bob Stoops backed up his comments regarding the SEC.

    not really, unless OU played the entire SEC last night, I thought the only played Alabama.
    ********
    They did, and TEAM SEC, as many SEC fans like proclaim, lost.

    ____

    Name three commentors (with proof) that have ever classified Bama as “TEAM SEC”

    I’ll wait….

  130. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2014 1:26 PM

    I pull for ‘Bama when they aren’t playing LSU.

    I can’t say that about all the other SEC teams, but I do root for most of them.

    It’s just a game. I still remember the first LSU game I went to in 1958, playing Duke, so it strikes a chord. It was fun when it was more of a sport than a business. 11:30 kickoffs suck.

  131. Deb says: Jan 3, 2014 1:28 PM

    @infrno …

    FSU is my mom’s #2 team, too. I don’t believe in #2 teams. I’m all Bama, all Steelers all the time ;) The rest of the family just won’t root for Auburn in any circumstances. It really doesn’t matter to me. I’ll pull for the SEC, but have so many friends who are FSU fans that I couldn’t begrudge them the win.

  132. infrno says: Jan 3, 2014 1:36 PM

    I think it’s more fun to have other teams you like, that way when your team is at home the games are still interesting for you. I don’t watch teams that I have no interest at all in.

  133. taintedlombardis says: Jan 3, 2014 1:48 PM

    Bama fan in the wild:

  134. buckeye1nation says: Jan 3, 2014 1:54 PM

    @tainted–I so wish there was sound on that..

  135. onlyoneleft says: Jan 3, 2014 1:55 PM

    SEC Commissioner Slive has contacted Oklahoma about joining the SEC. It is rumored that if FSU beats Awbarn, he will contact them too. ESPN will
    push for both to join. Loose Bolts has already started.

    Stoops was right on the money with his assessment of the SEC.

  136. buckeyebeliever1111 says: Jan 3, 2014 1:55 PM

    Hey bama fans can you spell OVERRATED….of course you can’t!!!!

  137. nipper6 says: Jan 3, 2014 2:42 PM

    Hey packerbadger,(or fudgepacker, whatever),
    If you watched the game, at all, while the final score was 45-31, it wasn’t that way until the sack/fumble/td with a minute on the clock. So for 59 minutes, and four,(count ‘em, stupid, four) turnovers that would cost the Tide 28 points, the game was still only one possession away. You seem to be one of those read-the-score-in-the-paper type dudes and then know all the game details. Ever play any sports at all? Maybe field hockey with your sisters? Oklahoma won because they made less mistakes on the field than Alabama did. And by the way, Alabamas’ two losses came at the hands of two teams that:1) scored 14 points in one minute, including a 108 yd touchdown run,(Auburn) with no time left; and 2) scored twenty-eight points directly related to something that the Crimson Tide just doesn’t do, which is turn the ball over. Enjoy your high, dipshit, it won’t last long!

  138. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 3:26 PM

    @onlyoneleft

    OU beats ONE SEC team and is therefore correct against ALL SEC teams?

    clowns like you must be popular in those GED classes

  139. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Jan 3, 2014 3:44 PM

    The cry fest going on from Bama and SEC fans is hilarious. Just like when they found out mommy and daddy’s stories about Santa Claus weren’t real, they are finding out that the idea of the SEC as some unbeatable, vastly superior conference is nothing more than a myth created by ESPN… and it hurts them so bad.

    The tired “we won 7 straight titles” line only tells us that the best SINGLE team in the nation came from the SEC, not that the entire SEC was the best each of those years. And actually we don’t even know if that’s true since the ESPN-hyped bias towards the SEC helped vault some of those teams into the title game undeservedly.

    I also see SEC Santa Claus believers on here bragging about the SEC’s bowl record, conveniently leaving out the fact the SEC teams usually get favorable bowl matchups and locations against lower ranked teams. And forget about SEC “powers” actually challenging themselves out of conference during the regular season, they never even leave the southeast.

    We’ve been told time and again how SEC defenses are virtually on par with the NFL, yet the first two years a couple former Big 12 teams joined the conference, they shredded those “invincible” SEC defenses week in and week out.

    The fact remains that the SEC is good, but they are not some mythical beast full of NFL-caliber teams that no one else can even compete with. Oklahoma, Louisville, Clemson, Utah, Boise State, etc. have all destroyed that pathetic fairy tale notion over the years, yet SEC fans still believe in Santa Claus because ESPN tells them he’s real.

  140. fsu01 says: Jan 3, 2014 3:56 PM

    Deb,
    It is okay to have a number 2 team if you went to two different schools for undergrad and graduate school. I have ties to three schools so I route for three. Granted they never play one another. Go Army, Go Liberty, and Go FSU!

  141. tampajoey says: Jan 3, 2014 3:58 PM

    @longtallsam says: Jan 3, 2014 9:21 AM

    tampajoey says: Jan 3, 2014 2:07 AM

    As a consolation prize AJ will get a BJ from his horse-faced girlfriend.

    If you really think she is horse-faced, you should get some glasses. More likely, you are just jealous.

    ——————————————-

    I’m just not into girls that look like John Elway in drag. But, if that’s your thing that’s cool.

  142. Deb says: Jan 3, 2014 4:00 PM

    @infrno …

    All having a #2 team means is that when both #1 and #2 are at home, you have no rooting interest. Being all Alabama and all Steelers all the time means I always have a reason to watch. For instance …

    For four of the last seven years when Alabama wasn’t contending for a title, I could root for the SEC team that was contending since Bama is in the SEC and a strong SEC benefits Alabama.

    Last season, I rooted for Baltimore in the Super Bowl because I’d rather see Pittsburgh’s arch rivals–with Bama alums Ozzie Newsome, Terrence Cody, and Courtney Upshaw–win their second Lombardi than see the 49ers tie Pittsburgh with six. I can always, always find a rooting interest for the Steelers in any NFL game–though I never need an excuse to watch pro ball no matter who’s playing, or not playing. I love NFL football, despite Goodell’s best efforts to alienate serious fans.

  143. Deb says: Jan 3, 2014 4:05 PM

    @fsu01 …

    I don’t begrudge anyone rooting for their own alma maters! :) In fact, I went to Mizzou and am always happy when the Tigers do well. I just laugh about the #1 and #2 teams because I can’t divide my loyalties. Though I went to Missouri for their great journalism program, we were raised on Tide football and that’s it for me. Same with the Steelers, which I’ve followed since I was a kid. I’m happy for the alma mater, but when they’re playing Alabama, it’s Roll Tide!! ;)

  144. anxovies says: Jan 3, 2014 4:13 PM

    The announcers kept saying that McCarron is Alabama’s best quarterback ever. Broadway Joe, how quickly it passes.

  145. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2014 4:23 PM

    babyfarkmcgeezax says:

    First of all, if we lose as the SEC then we win as the SEC too. Tons of trolls on here, including you, pounding your chest about how OU proved that the SEC is not as great as fans and ESPN think, that is pure BS. So Just like OU beat the entire SEC last night, then those 7 straight titles belong to…guess who… the SEC guy.

    Who has sat here and said the SEC defenses are as good as the NFL? Who? are you assuming stuff now? No one in their right mind would be that foolish, however you take everything some lame brain fan of some SEC school says and run with it, yet in the same breath make fun of SEC fans for believing in “santa clause”, and “ESPN Hype”are u serious. You can’t be that hypocritical.

    Name one big 12 team that has come to the SEC and has “shredded” the SEC week end and week out? Mizzou is 9-8 in the SEC, A&M is 10-6. Seems like both have lost and won in the SEC and neither record would imply “shredded” But Baylor sure did shred the Big 12 this year, wouldn’t you say?

    Bowl matchup don’t favor the SEC, and for every weak OOC schedule you find in the SEC, I can likewise find in the ACC, BiG, Big 12, Blah Blah and Blah, stop beaten that weak horse already.

    For every OU, Louisville, Clemson, Utah, and Boise State, etc you can through at me likewise I can through right back teams like Oregon, Michigan, Penn State, OU, Ohio State, Texas, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, etc. The fact of the matter is, the list is longer for programs the SEC has beat opposed to lost. Nice fail there as well.

    The SEC is not only good, but has dominated everyother conference in the BCS era. Don’t let one game fool you, you can’t be that ignorant.

    You thought that OU win last night would change that? That’s cute, pathetic mostly, but cute.

    7 straight championships, Best BCS Bowl win Percentage, best overall Bowl record this year so far (and last), most kids in the NFL, and the SEC is not dominate because on one game? Stop doing drugs guy, your brain has already started to deteriorate.

    Haters jumping out of the woodworks today, to bad you can’t argue against facts though…

  146. tigersgeaux says: Jan 3, 2014 4:35 PM

    Man, I just read your post. You don’t mince words and have the facts. Whew. Glad you are on our side. Southernpatriots told me how good you were, but seeing is believing. Keep up the great posts! Happy New Year!

  147. nipper6 says: Jan 3, 2014 4:37 PM

    anvovies,
    I happen to be related to Kenny Stabler, whom I never met, nor talked to, but respect what he did as QB for Alabama, and yes, I agree that AJ McCarron is the best quarterback that ever played at Alabama. Even ending with two int’s and seven sacks, in his 40th game as starting QB, his record stands alone.

  148. rsoandb says: Jan 3, 2014 4:40 PM

    To those who contend that OU won the game because of turnovers, nonsense. Knight lit up the Bama secondary! The only gimme was the last score, and strip sacks are signs of great defensive play.

  149. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 3, 2014 6:55 PM

    OU outplayed us, were hungrier, and Alabama had no
    idea of what hit them. We were beat soundly, fair and
    square. Congrats Sooners!

    Saban will now find his Jamies Winston, embrace the
    hurry up and lobby the NCAA to allow defensive changes in the course of a hurry up offense. I’m proud of being a lifetime Bama fan and a University supporter. Roll Tide and go SEC!

    RTR

  150. ttalarico says: Jan 3, 2014 9:21 PM

    Conference? Why all the talk about conferences?

    That’s not important.

    Go Irish!

  151. normtide says: Jan 3, 2014 9:28 PM

    A certain Wisconsin fan is infatuated with Alabama. Can you blame him really? You can only watch female brat eating contest and shovel snow for so long before dreaming about warmer weather in paradise. It’s winter, your not doing much of anything in Wisconsin. In the south however, I still see some females in sun dresses. It’s clear who is this argument.

  152. normtide says: Jan 3, 2014 9:34 PM

    Point spreads are issued and adjusted for one reason only, to get as close to even money on both sides as possible. Spreads are made based on public confidence.

    I’ve said before, I have little issue losing to good teams. It’s not like we lost to BYU. Bama won double digit games, and has been the center of college football.

    To the auburn fans talking trash. The smart play is to wait and see if you win before trashing your rival. Ofc, auburn doesn’t get many chances to trash Bama, so guess you have to take it when you can. Roll Tide

  153. 1990tiger says: Jan 3, 2014 10:15 PM

    rsoandb says:
    To those who contend that OU won the game because of turnovers, nonsense. Knight lit up the Bama secondary! The only gimme was the last score, and strip sacks are signs of great defensive play.
    ================================================
    I have to agree with this. It wasn’t that Bama “gave” the ball to OU. OU “took” the ball from Bama on several occasions. Turnovers are part of the game….especially when a defense brings as much pressure as OU did last night. I still can’t believe OU played as well as they did……nearly mistake-free football.

  154. infrno says: Jan 3, 2014 11:46 PM

    No one is claiming that OU didn’t create those turnovers. They did, but turnovers are mistakes 100% of the time, and if that game were played 9 more times Alabama would not have made more mistakes combined given their track record. I happen to be glad they made them when they did, as I despise Alabama. That doesn’t preclude history and common sense, though. So be glad it happened when it did and congratulate OU on a very well played game, but quit acting like the you were a jap that single handedly beat godzirra.

  155. 1990tiger says: Jan 4, 2014 12:02 AM

    infrno says:
    ………but quit acting like the you were a jap that single handedly beat godzirra.
    =============================================

    Huh???? Is this what happens when you type with food in your mouth?

  156. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:22 AM

    Thanks for publicly admitting you’re too stoopid to comprehend simple stereotypical sarcasm. And y’all act like us SEC folks are retarded. Dee dee dee, prize goes to you!

  157. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 12:27 AM

    I’ll walk you through it, round eye. There was a movie monster called “Godzilla”, it attacked Japan. When they dubbed the movie using Japanese actors, because they have no “l” sound in their language, they called it …..drum roll… “Godzirra!”.

    I’d call you a wit, but I wouldn’t even be half right, moron.

  158. 1990tiger says: Jan 4, 2014 12:59 AM

    @infrno-
    Just because your pathetic, quasi-racist attempt at humor failed miserably does not mean your audience is moronic. It just means you are not funny.

    btw, not that I have any desire to be associated with you but “1990Tiger” refers to the Auburn Tigers. Last time I checked, Auburn was in the SEC. Who is the moron now???

  159. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:16 AM

    Since you didn’t get the obvious, I’d say you. Since you observably don’t know the meaning of the term “racist”, still you. Any other questions?

    Btw just because you didn’t get the obvious and needed a history primer ain’t my fault.

  160. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:20 AM

    And believe me, auburn sucks 9/10 as bad as Bama. Glad we were the ones that handed it to you this year. Come Monday hopefully fsu will do the same. Round eye.

  161. 1990tiger says: Jan 4, 2014 1:31 AM

    @infrno-
    You demonstrate your ignorance more and more with every post you make. The really funny thing is that you have no clue that you are doing it.

  162. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:33 AM

    And before you embarass yourself further, look up the actual definition of racist, watch the original Engrish dubbed godzirra, watch Japanese anime of Caucasians and figure out why my own wife calls me round eye.

    You’re from auburn, so I’ll give you a minute.

  163. infrno says: Jan 4, 2014 1:41 AM

    What’s actually funny is watching people use terms they themselves don’t know the meaning of. You showed your ignorance by trying that “typing with my mouth full” dumbshite. And now you want to further prove it? Lay down your shovel, son.

    I certainly realize pc morons don’t understand basic concepts, and I expect those that don’t to make ignorant assumptions. But hey, one of the best Christmas movies of all had Asians singing “fa rah rah rah, rah rah rah rah.” Because not all of us are dummies.

  164. 1990tiger says: Jan 4, 2014 2:47 AM

    @infrno
    Haha…..you really are proving my point about your ignorance with every post you make. You just can’t make this stuff up.

  165. cometkazie says: Jan 4, 2014 1:57 PM

    Let’s leave the asylum to the inmates.

    Poof, I’m outa here.

  166. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 4, 2014 4:02 PM

    Poof!

  167. gatorcheme says: Jan 4, 2014 6:26 PM

    @infrno:

    The term ‘Jap’ is derogatory, offensive, and (most of all) racist. Using the terms ‘retarded’ and ‘moron’ also demonstrate your level of insensitivity.

    Demeaning another person or people by virtue of their race, I.E. the infamous scene of Asians attempting so sing a Christmas carol, is also racist. It doesn’t matter what the intentions of the movie producers were. It’s not unlike the use of blackface.

    BTW, congrats to OU for the win. The game was extremely entertaining all the way around.

    poof, too….

  168. packerbadger says: Jan 6, 2014 10:17 AM

    Just saw video of ALABAMA woman hitting and kicking and diving over OU fans. Typical low life, classless true to form ALABAMA fans. Don’t see Wisconsin fans killing trees and/or diving over people just because our team loses a game. But, in fairness, theres absolutely NOTHING other than college football down there. Just goes to show what Bama’s true colors really are…….

  169. packerbadger says: Jan 6, 2014 10:20 AM

    Oh, hey….normtide….. was that you’re wife/girlfriend? Sucks to be you! lol!!
    Deb, noticed you were on vacation…… what the hell are you doing here while on vacation? Sorry, but my vacations are waaaay cooler than yours!! lol!!

  170. normtide says: Jan 6, 2014 12:58 PM

    Don’t mess with the kids of them country girls. It won’t end well.

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