Oklahoma expects the best from 'Bama in Sugar Bowl

Associated Press Updated: January 1, 2014 at 7:10 pm • Published: January 1, 2014 0

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Whatever Bob Stoops may have said about the overall strength of the Southeastern Conference, that apparently doesn't apply when it comes to the challenge he sees before 11th-ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

The Sooners' coach made that clear on the eve of Thursday night's matchup with No. 3 Alabama.

Stoops says Alabama, in his eyes, is "still the best team in the country."

Last spring, Stoops challenged the notion that the SEC — home of the last seven national champions — is the strongest league in the nation.

Now his Sooners (10-2), which play in the Big 12, can back that up by beating Alabama (11-1), but Stoops knows that won't be easy.

Oklahoma is rarely a double-digit underdog, but Alabama is listed as a 16-point favorite.

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