The Duncan Banner

December 8, 2013

Both Oklahoma schools get tough bowl matchups

John McKelvey
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Fresh off a victory in Bedlam, the Oklahoma Sooners got another piece of good news. They will play Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

It will be a difficult test for coach Bob Stoops' team as Alabama was ranked No. 1 for most of the season until its final regular season game, a 34-28 loss on the final play to rival Auburn. Stoops has a 7-7 record in bowl games in his tenure in Norman, but he lost 41-13 to Texas A&M in the Cotton bowl last year. It was the first bowl loss for Stoops since the 2008 BCS Championship game.

It will mark the seventh time the Sooners have played in the Sugar Bowl, with the last time being a 21-14 loss in 2004. They own a 4-2 record there.

Oklahoma State will be headed to the Cotton Bowl, where it will play SEC runner up Missouri. The Tigers lost its last meeting against its old conference rival 45-24 in 2011. Oklahoma State is 21-13 against Missouri since 1971. During his nine-year tenure in Stillwater Mike Gundy has been to just one BCS bowl, the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. A 41-38 overtime win in that game along with 58-14 victory in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last year gives Gundy a 5-2 record in postseason play.

The Sugar Bowl will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. CT on Jan. 2. The Cotton Bowl will take place the day after at 7 p.m.