5 Reasons to Watch the Allstate Sugar Bowl

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5 Reasons to Watch the Allstate Sugar Bowl

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On paper, this year's edition of the Allstate Sugar Bowl figures to be one of the best. The game will be the lone game played on January 2, 2014 and is a part of the BCS. This year's Sugar Bowl will match-up the Big-12's Oklahoma Sooners against the SEC's Alabama Crimson Tide.

For Alabama fans, the Sugar Bowl is almost a consolation prize for a fan-base that expects to be playing for a National Championship every year. It will be very interesting to see how the Tide respond during this game and if they will even show up or not. History has shown that just being in the Sugar Bowl is not always enough for the team to be ready to play. The last image of Alabama football is the team walking off in shock and defeat after the last second loss to their in-state rival. Will there be a hangover?

For Oklahoma, they became big winners during the last week of the season. On the final weekend of Big-12 play, they came from behind to beat their in-state rival and shuffled into an at-large BCS berth. The Sooners also have had their share of ups and downs during BCS play. It will be very interesting to see which group of Sooners show up against one of the nation's top teams.

The Sugar Bowl has two of the top teams and top programs in the country converging onto the Big Easy. The game figures to have many subplots and be filled with drama and excitement. Here are five reasons to watch the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

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5. Two Traditional Powers

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This game could be played in black-and-white and not very many fans would complain. These two schools are two of the top traditional programs in the country. Both filled with history, they will gather in New Orleans for one of the best games on the bowl schedule.

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4. Blake Bell and Jalen Saunders

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Blake Bell and Jalen Saunders are the unconventional quarterback and wide receiver duo for the Sooners. The two hooked up late in the game to win their final game of the season to get into a BCS game. How will they fare against a stout SEC defense?

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3. AJ McCarron

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AJ McCarron has quite the collegiate quarterback resume. He has won National Championships and has one of the best win-loss records on his resume. The Sugar Bowl will be his final game in college, and he will try to leave the field one last time with a victory.

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2. Two Top Coaches

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Nick Saban and Bob Stoops are two big-time head coaches. They are both hard-nosed, brash, and competitive. They will surely be trying to one-up each other throughout the lead up to the game and during the game itself. This season Stoops has made jabs at the SEC, and Saban will surely have his say on just who will be jabbing last.

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1. Has the Making of a Classic

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This game will be a prime-time BCS game. It is between two powers of college football. The game has arguably two coaches that outsiders both like to see lose. Like it or not, the BCS may have got this one right as it has all of the elements of a classic gridiron battle.

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