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2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Auburn Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores


Who’s going to win the 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl? Check out the Oklahoma vs. Auburnprediction, game preview, history and scores.


Allstate Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Auburn Prediction, Game Preview, History, Scores

Prediction & Game Preview To Come 

Monday, January 2, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA, 8:30 ET, ESPN

Oklahoma, Big 12, 10-2

The Sooners might not want the time off. They ripped through the Big 12 on the way to the tenth conference championship under Bob Stoops, and now they have the league’s honor to deal with. A punching bag for most of the season, the Big 12 needs a good bowl campaign – and it’ll start at the top.

– The offense has been humming at an elite level full of humming offenses, leading the nation in passing efficiency and taking things to a whole other level in win after win. The Sooners scored 34 points or more in all ten wins, and 23 against Houston and 24 against Ohio State – the O has rolled against everyone but the elite. After fizzling against Clemson in the Orange Bowl last season, now there’s a chip-on-the-shoulder factor.

– The defense has playmakers, but it can be hit and hit hard. Teams are able to throw deep and without a problem, but they can’t do enough to keep up the pace with the OU O. West Virginia was able to run just fine – the Sooners can be powered on.

– QB Baker Mayfield and WR Dede Westbrook are the stars, but the offense works around the ground game. The power of Samaje Perine and the flash of Joe Mixon have been unstoppable in the Big 12, and now they’ll be rested and ready to rumble. Start with the ground attack, and everything opens up for the Mayfield-Westbrook fun.

Auburn, SEC, 8-4

It’s easy to forget now, but Gus Malzahn might have been really, really close to getting fired. 1-2 to start the season, if the clock didn’t flicker a millisecond the other way, Auburn would’ve lost to LSU and the season would’ve been vastly different. The line came together, the playmakers emerged, and the offense looked like it was supposed to with the rushing attack crushing and killing everyone until the injuries struck. This is one of those teams that might be devastating with the time off to get everyone right.

– Before getting hurt late in the season, Kamryn Pettway was starting to make a Heisman run. He destroyed the middle of the season with big game after big game – highlighted by a 236-yard day against Ole Miss – finishing the season with 1,123 yards despite playing in just seven games and part of the Alabama loss. This could be his breakout game for 2017.

– The offense provides the flash, but the Tiger defense is better. Sparked by Carl Lawson and a fearsome pass rush, Auburn line camps out in opposing backfields and has been a rock all year against the run. Alabama’s offense was slowed down, Texas A&M stalled, and Clemson was kept to 19 points. Nine times this year Auburn held teams to under 20.

– Yeah, Auburn got the Sugar Bowl because everyone else in the SEC other than Alabama stunk, but the team worked for the No. 2 slot this year. It faced nine bowl teams, and that doesn’t include Ole Miss. The SEC might be a punching bag to many, but again, once healthy and with some time off, don’t thrown Auburn into that bucket.

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Sugar Bowl History, Results

Jan. 1, 2016 Mississippi 48 Oklahoma State 20
Jan. 1, 2015 Ohio State 42 Alabama 35
Jan. 2, 2014 Oklahoma 45 Alabama 31
Jan. 2, 2013 Louisville 33 Florida 23
Jan. 4, 2012 Michigan 23 Virginia Tech 20 (OT)
Jan. 4, 2011 Ohio State 31 Arkansas 26
Jan. 1, 2010 Florida 51 Cincinnati 24
Jan. 1, 2009 Utah 31 Alabama 17
Jan. 1, 2008 Georgia 41 Hawaii 10
Jan. 3, 2007 LSU 41 Notre Dame 14
Jan. 2, 2006 West Virginia 38 Georgia 35
Jan. 3, 2005 Auburn 16 Virginia Tech 13
Jan. 4, 2004 LSU 21 Oklahoma 14
Jan. 1, 2003 Georgia 26 Florida State 13
Jan. 1, 2002 LSU 47 Illinois 34
Jan. 2, 2001 Miami 37 Florida 20
Jan. 4, 2000 Florida State 46 Virginia Tech 29
Jan. 1, 1999 Ohio State 24 Texas A&M 14
Jan. 1, 1998 Florida State 31 Ohio State 14
Jan. 2, 1997 Florida 52 Florida State 20
Dec. 31, 1995 Virginia Tech 28 Texas 10
Jan. 2, 1995 Florida State 23 Florida 17
Jan. 1, 1994 Florida 41 West Virginia 7
Jan. 1, 1993 Alabama 34 Miami 13
Jan. 1, 1992 Notre Dame 39 Florida 28
Jan. 1, 1991 Tennessee 23 Virginia 22
Jan. 1, 1990 Miami 33 Alabama 25
Jan. 2, 1989 Florida State 13 Auburn 7
Jan. 1, 1988 Auburn 16 Syracuse 16
Jan. 1, 1987 Nebraska 30 LSU 15
Jan. 1, 1986 Tennessee 35 Miami 7
Jan. 1, 1985 Nebraska 28 LSU 10
Jan. 2, 1984 Auburn 9 Michigan 7
Jan. 1, 1983 Penn State 27 Georgia 23
Jan. 1, 1982 Pittsburgh 24 Georgia 20
Jan. 1, 1981 Georgia 17 Notre Dame 10
Jan. 1, 1980 Alabama 24 Arkansas 9
Jan. 1, 1979 Alabama 14 Penn State 7
Jan. 2, 1978 Alabama 35 Ohio State 6
Jan. 1, 1977 Pittsburgh 27 Georgia 3
Dec. 31, 1975 Alabama 13 Penn State 6
Dec. 31, 1974 Nebraska 13 Florida 10
Dec. 31, 1973 Notre Dame 24 Alabama 23
Dec. 31, 1972 Oklahoma 14 Penn State 0
Jan. 1, 1972 Oklahoma 40 Auburn 22
Jan. 1, 1971 Tennessee 34 Air Force 13
Jan. 1, 1970 Mississippi 27 Arkansas 22
Jan. 1, 1969 Arkansas 16 Georgia 2
Jan. 1, 1968 LSU 20 Wyoming 13
Jan. 2, 1967 Alabama 34 Nebraska 7
Jan. 1, 1966 Missouri 20 Florida 18
Jan. 1, 1965 LSU 13 Syracuse 10
Jan. 1, 1964 Alabama 12 Mississippi 7
Jan. 1, 1963 Mississippi 17 Arkansas 3
Jan. 1, 1962 Alabama 10 Arkansas 3
Jan. 2, 1961 Mississippi 14 Rice 6
Jan. 1, 1960 Mississippi 21 LSU 0
Jan. 1, 1959 LSU 7 Clemson 0
Jan. 1, 1958 Mississippi 39 Texas 7
Jan. 1, 1957 Baylor 13 Tennessee 7
Jan. 2, 1956 Georgia Tech 7 Pittsburgh 0
Jan. 1, 1955 Navy 21 Mississippi 0
Jan. 1, 1954 Georgia Tech 42 West Virginia 19
Jan. 1, 1953 Georgia Tech 24 Mississippi 7
Jan. 2, 1952 Maryland 28 Tennessee 13
Jan. 1, 1951 Kentucky 13 Oklahoma 7
Jan. 2, 1950 Oklahoma 35 LSU 0
Jan. 1, 1949 Oklahoma 14 North Carolina 6
Jan. 1, 1948 Texas 27 Alabama 7
Jan. 1, 1947 Georgia 20 North Carolina 10
Jan. 1, 1946 Oklahoma State 33 St. Mary’s 13
Jan. 1, 1945 Duke 29 Alabama 26
Jan. 1, 1944 Georgia Tech 20 Tulsa 18
Jan. 1, 1943 Tennessee 14 Tulsa 7
Jan. 1, 1942 Fordham 2 Missouri 0
Jan. 1, 1941 Boston College 19 Tennessee 13
Jan. 1, 1940 Texas A&M 14 Tulane 13
Jan. 2, 1939 TCU 15 Carnegie Tech 7
Jan. 1, 1938 Santa Clara 6 LSU 0
Jan. 1, 1937 Santa Clara 21 LSU 14
Jan. 1, 1936 TCU 3 LSU 2
Jan. 1, 1935 Tulane 20 Temple 14