Auburn could prove SEC's point by beating Oklahoma in Sugar Bowl

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"Our coach, Coach Malzahn preaches for us to be the fastest team in the nation, and he's pacing us all day, every single day in practice", Auburn safety Johnathan Ford said. He's hoping Oklahoma State's 38-8 victory over Colorado showed Big 12 teams could defend traditional offenses. Instead, though, the Tigers represent the conference due to a down year. They beat TCU 52-46, Texas 45-40 and Texas Tech 66-59. A battering ram like Pettway is exactly the kind of nightmare to make that happen against an exposed OU defensive unit prone to poor tackling and undisciplined technique. Does that give the fans - the team - any more confidence going into this game? Oklahoma's defense leaves a lot to be desired, but stopping the Tigers becomes much easier when their passing game is taken out of the equation. Much of the talk is still about the Joe Mixon incident and how the Sooners handled it. No one in the Big 12 was able to do so and Oklahoma hasn't had many challenges after the ball is snapped. The college football odds for the game have the Sooners favored to pick up the win in this contest.

The pressure on the Sooners defense starts up front with lineman Obo Okoronkwo, who leads the defense with nine sacks on the season, including two against Oklahoma State.

We fully know what the Sooners can do on offense.

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They don't really have a obvious weakness but are still expected to lose by more than two touchdowns from some oddsmakers . He recorded only one other 100-yard game this season, at Tennessee, thanks to an 85-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield has announced he is coming back for another season, so expect him and the Sooners offense to use this as a showcase for why they will be so unstoppable next season. He's certainly the most versatile. His favorite target, Dede Westbrook, racked up 16 receiving TDs and averaged 19.8 yards per catch. He's also proved a strong kickoff returner with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score against the Buckeyes. "It allowed us to understand what we were doing wrong, what we were doing right and it allowed us to go into that bye week with the mindset that we had to better ourselves", Brown said. "They're very good at throwing the football". I know it was earlier in the year and these are two top-tier teams, however, it will be interesting to see how this one balances out.

"If we win, then I'll definitely be more excited about that than having that individual record just because a team win is worth a lot more to me than an individual record", Perine said.

Wide receiver Jeffery Mead said he and his teammates were "disappointed" in not making the playoffs, "but we know that it is an important game, and we have a university to represent, so we are excited to do that".

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