Alabama vs. Oklahoma, 2014 Sugar Bowl: Coverage, updates and how to watch

The Crimson Tide and Sooners will clash at the Superdome in New Orleans on January 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET. For more on the game, check out Roll Bama Roll and Crimson and Cream Machine.

Whether it’s the host site of the BCS National Championship or not, the Sugar Bowl is always a must-watch event each January. Often hosting the SEC champion (or runner-up) and another at-large team of its choosing, the game always features a rowdy atmosphere at the Superdome in New Orleans.

As the College Football Playoff nears in 2015, this will be the final time the Sugar Bowl is a BCS bowl game. It’ll look to feature the SEC and Big 12 champs going forward. This season will mark its 80th anniversary in the college football world.

Date and time, ET: Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: ESPN

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Stadium: Superdome; 72,000 capacity

Tickets: Find available seats here.

Last year’s score: Louisville 33 – Florida 23

Last year’s attendance: 54,178

Last year’s TV rating: 6.4 Nielsen

Last year’s payout for each school: $17 million per team

Team with the most all-time appearances: Alabama and LSU are currently tied with 13 appearances. This will be Alabama’s 14th appearance.

Team with the most all-time wins: Alabama; 8-5

Alabama (11-1, 7-1 SEC)

SB Nation’s Alabama blog

The Crimson Tide seemed to be well on their way to yet another BCS National Championship appearance before being stunned in what some are calling the greatest finish in college football history. A 109-yard kick return from Auburn just about ended any chance Alabama had at playing for the title, instead sending the Tide to a BCS bowl game.

Now, as AJ McCarron plays his final college game, the Tide will look to go out with a bang. Other than Auburn, Alabama blew out just about every team it faced in 2013 with an average margin of victory of 30 points. Its defense ranked second nationally in points allowed despite being a bit inexperienced. That being said, the unit is still littered with future NFL players. The offense quietly put up nearly 39 points a week behind McCarron and one of the top rushing attacks in the country, led by T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake.

While its kicking woes are well-documented by now, this team remains one of the very best (if not the best) in all the land. And given how mad Alabama will probably be this bowl season after having its national title dreams shattered in Auburn, it would not surprise anyone if the Tide came out with a serious edge.

Last bowl game: 2013 BCS National Championship Game vs. Notre Dame, 42-14 win

Last year without a bowl: 2003

All-time bowl record: 35-22-3

Head coach’s bowl record: Nick Saban, 8-6

Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2 Big 12)

SB Nation’s Oklahoma blog

The Sooners finished a strong regular season at 10-2, and while they did not end up winning the Big 12, they have to be at least somewhat satisfied with the results, thanks to a season-ending victory over rival …read more

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