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Sugar Bowl: Sooners Look too Strong for Tigers

College football ends its bowl season on January 2 from the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana when the No. 14 ranked Auburn Tigers play the No. 7 ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Sugar Bowl.

The current line has Oklahoma favored by 3 points with the over/under point total on 65. Entering this game, Auburn has an overall record of 8-4 straight up and 9-2 against the spread. Oklahoma has an overall record of 10-2 SU and 6-6 ATS.

Both Oklahoma and Auburn opened their seasons at 1-2, but then regrouped. Auburn won six straight games during the middle of its season, while Oklahoma enters this game on a 9-game winning streak.

Auburn’s starting quarterback Sean White sat out the team’s final two games due to an injured shoulder but White will be ready to play January 2. Running back Kamryn Pettway missed a pair of late season games as well but is back to 100%.

Star quarterback Baker Mayfield who was third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy leads the Sooners offense. On the season, Mayfield had 3,668 yards passing with 38 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Mayfield’s favorite receiver is Dede Westbrook. Westbrook was another Heisman Trophy finalist and the Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12. On the season, Westbrook finished with 74 receptions, 1,464 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns.

The Oklahoma running attack is led by Joe Mixon with 1,183 yards and 9 touchdowns. Samaje Perine needs just 26 yards rushing to reach 1,000 for a third consecutive season.

Kerryon Johnson is an excellent change of pace runner for Auburn and played well in the absence of Pettway with 862 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. Eight receivers from Auburn had between 10 and 29 receptions on the season.

The Oklahoma defense is the better of the two with Jordan Evans a linebacker and Jordan Thomas a cornerback both first team All-Big 12 selections.

Auburn is 5-0 ATS in its past 5 games versus non-SEC opponents.

Oklahoma is 4-1 ATS in its past 5 games played and 0-5 ATS in its past 5 games versus non-Big 12 opponents.

Prediction: Oklahoma has a great dual threat quarterback in Mayfield. The options he has on offense are almost limitless between rusher and receivers. Lean here toward Oklahoma.