Sooners and Cowboy fans alike rally, as both teams enter the bowl games.
A Cowboy win would have given OSU a share of the Big 12 championship and a place in the Fiesta Bowl, now Oklahoma State will take on Missouri in the AT&T Cotton Bowl, an old Big 12 match-up, on January 3rd.
The Cowboys were 10-2 for the season. The Tigers come into this bowl standing at 11-2. This will be the first meeting of these two former conference rivals since the Cowboys beat the Tigers 45-24 in 2011. It will be the fifth meeting between Mike Gundy and Gary Pinkel.
Alabama heads to the Allstate Sugar Bowl facing the same kind of challenge it encountered the last time the Crimson Tide played in this game. Alabama will have to worry about motivation, where as the Sooners will not.
The Sooners and Crimson Tide will meet January 2nd in New Orlean at the Superdome.
The Sooners are 10-2 for the year while Alabama stands at 11-1. Two of their prior meetings came in bowl games. The last one came in 2003, but Alabama was bad, finishing 4-9 and losing to the Sooners 20-13.
In the 1963 Orange Bowl, the game meant something to the 9-1 Tide in a 17-0 win.
Even though the national title isn’t on the line, this is the biggest match-up between the two.