Two of college football’s most storied programs Oklahoma and Alabama meet in the Sugar Bowl at the New Orleans Superdome.

According to current college football betting odds Alabama is a 15.0 point favorite and the posted total is 51.5.

Will the Alabama be motivated?

Alabama suffered what may be the most gut wrenching of losses on many fronts, in their final regular season game. The Crimson Tide entered the contest versus their fierce in-state-rival Auburn with a perfect 11-0 record. A win would afford them the opportunity to win an unprecedented 3rd BCS Championship in a row. The way in which the Auburn loss occurred, considering the magnitude of the game, will probably be something many of us will never see again in our lifetimes. A missed field goal returned for 108-yards for a touchdown, with no time left on the clock, that determined which team would play for the national championship seems like something directly out of a movie script. Unfortunately for Alabama, it was reality, and sometimes reality is harsh. The real question heading into this Sugar Bowl is how motivated will the Crimson Tide be after such a bitter disappointment? If they’re ready to play, then they’re the superior team in this matchup hands down. If they aren’t, then we may see a replay of what happened in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, when the Tide was upset 31-17 as a 9.5 point favorite by Utah, in a very similar scenario.

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Sooner Pride

As opposed to Alabama, the Oklahoma Sooners couldn’t be more pleased to be playing in a BCS Bowl game, even if it’s not for a national championship. After being humiliated at Baylor 41-12 in front of a national television audience, the Sooners bounced back by finishing the season with 3 straight wins, and earned a BCS Bowl at-large-bid. The Sooners are 13th nationally in total defense allowing just 336.3 yards per game. Oklahoma definitely possesses the physicality, and athleticism on the defensive side of the ball to play with Alabama. The huge concern going into this contest will be their ability to move the ball offensively, against one of the premier defenses in the country. The Sooners lean heavily on their running game to move the chains. Their passing attack is 106th nationally averaging just 186.7 yards per game. They will be facing a Crimson Tide defense that’s #11 in the country against the run allowing just 108.3 yards per contest. They must generate some semblance of a passing game to have a chance.

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College Football Bowl Super System

Any bowl game with both teams possessing a .800 or better win percentage, and the total is between 49.5 to 56.0, has seen 52 of those 70-games (74.3%) go under the total since 1992. Take the under for your free college football picks.

College Football Bowl Pick: Oklahoma/Alabama to go under the total of 51.5