Auburn makes its long-awaited return to the Sugar Bowl, their first appearance since 2004 when they beat Virginia Tech to cap off their undefeated season. The Tigers were selected as the replacement for the SEC champion Alabama Crimson Tide, who vacated their spot by being selected to the College Football Playoff.
Date and Time: January 2, 2017 - 8:30 p.m., ET
Location: Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
TV Coverage: ESPN
OPENING LINE: Oklahoma -5, Total 63
CURRENT LINE: Oklahoma -3
Odds courtesy of BookMaker Sportsbook
Oklahoma opened up as a 5-point favorite and gamers took a liking to Auburn and the number quickly dropped to three. It wouldn’t surprise me to see the number go back to its original -5 or even higher by gameday.
OKLAHOMA SOONERS 10-2
Oklahoma started the year by losing two of their first three games then rattled off nine straight victories to finish 10-2 and appear to be one of the hottest teams in the nation heading into bowl season. During their nine-game win streak, the Sooners put 34 or more points up on the scoreboard in each victory. They are clicking on both sides of the ball and head coach Bob Stoops will make Auburn one-dimensional and make the Tigers beat them by throwing the ball, something they do not do well.
AUBURN TIGERS 8-4
The Tigers started the year out 1-2 and the fans were getting antsy in Auburn, calling for the head coach’s job, but Gus Malzahn rallied his troops and they rattled off six consecutive wins before losing two of their last three and again the fans are on Malzahn. Either way you look at it, Malzahn is on the hot seat. Auburn players need to get extra motivated and play hard for their head coach and get this win for him, but it won’t be easy against a red hot Oklahoma team. The Tigers rely mostly on their defense and looked like one of the nation's most dominant defenses for part of the season, surrendering 20 or more points in just three games but many of the offenses they went up against in SEC play this season fail to compare to the unit they'll face against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon will be the difference in this ballgame. They have combined for over 2,000 rushing yards in the Sooners backfield and form arguably the most dangerous rushing duo in the nation. Auburn struggled on defense against the great running teams in the SEC, giving up over 200 yards to Alabama, LSU and Texas A-M. It’s going to be a long day for the Auburn Tigers as Oklahoma rattles them early and wins by double-digits and further clouds the future of Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn. Oklahoma 42, Auburn 24.
The Oklahoma Sooners meet the Auburn Tigers in the 2016 Allstate Sugar Bowl on Monday, January 2, 2017 at the Alamodome. ESPN will televise the game live.