While Oklahoma ended the season on a hot streak and was mentioned for the College Football Playoff, Auburn is being rewarded for mediocrity. The Tigers' most recent setback against a team from the league is a 41-7 defeat by Nebraska on October 2, 1982.
Monday night's Sugar Bowl in New Orleans will mark the continuation of a family legacy for one University of Oklahoma player. The Sooners (10-2) have one of the nation's best offenses, scoring at least 34 points in all nine conference victories. "SEC - they're used to playing some physical football and stuff like that so we're ready as far as mentality and we're bettering ourselves right now to be ready to play them". We just have to go out and expect them to be at their best. At first glance, it seems like Auburn's one-dimensional offense might have some troubles with Oklahoma's defense. However, Perine will routinely hit a wall in the form of DT Montravius Adams, DE Carl Lawson and an Auburn D that surrendered just five rushing touchdowns this season. Hundley says both teams have huge followings and they are thrilled to have two college powerhouses competing in the 2016 Sugar Bowl.
Yes, Oklahoma's rush defense holds opponents to under 200 yards on the ground. They still get beat on the deep ball and give up a lot of explosive plays. If they can show some progress against the Auburn Tigers, the defense will improve next season. We are the last game before the National Championship. Auburn opened the season against Clemson, falling 19-13. Sooner pass rushers Obo Okoronkwo and Caleb Kelly could make a difference here, but again, discipline is key as a few delayed runs and draws could break for big plays from Malzahn and Lashlee, keeping OU defenders at bay and with all eyes on the running backs. "He loves it, and as long as he's having a blast, so am I!" said Jones, an OU fan.
He never played a down for the Sooners, but he did blaze a trail along with the three other black players who joined the team that season. Maybe it's silly to base quality assessments on results from postseason exhibitions after the teams have been idle for a month, but a sub-.500 bowl record would further fuel the narrative that the SEC has slipped. The Tigers have proven that the run game is a big part of their success, going 7-1 when they've rushed for 200 rushing yards or more in a game. This game really shouldn't be close. We also know what could hinder that objective: a beastly defensive front bringing consistent pressure with an effective pass rush.
Mayfield finished third. Westbrook finished fourth, and then it was right back to work for OU's duo with the Allstate Sugar Bowl looming against Auburn on January 2. "And then we had a tough schedule going down at the end".