Tide facing Sooners tonight

NEW ORLEANS -- There is just one bowl game on the agenda tonight and it's a matchup of the SEC against the Big 12. The game has third-ranked Alabama against No. 11 Oklahoma.

The Crimson Tide has a record of 11-1 while the Sooners are 10-2. Tonight's game marks just the third time these teams have met in a bowl game.

Back in the 1963 Orange Bowl the Crimson Tide won, while in 1970 the schools wound up with a tie in the Bluebonnet Bowl.

Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Alabama's Nick Saban have two of the top three winning percentages among active college coaches with at least 10 seasons as a head coach. Stoops is second, behind Ohio State's Urban Meyer, with a winning percentage of .803, while Saban is third at .745.


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