Oklahoma vs. Auburn

College Football Preview: Oklahoma vs. Auburn

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It’s Sugar Bowl Oklahoma vs. Auburn. Two national powerhouses, Oklahoma and Auburn, will meet for only the second time in the programs’ histories, with the only other matchup coming in 1972 as the Sooners beat the Tigers 40-22, also in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma comes in as the Big 12 champion, defeating Oklahoma State 38-20 to win the conference title for the second year in a row, while Auburn struggled down the stretch of the regular season, losing two of its last three games as injuries plagued the Tigers offense. For that reason, we are predicting a score of 31-27 with Oklahoma taking the victory.

Oklahoma vs. Auburn Score Prediction: Oklahoma 31, Auburn 27

The Sugar Bowl is traditionally a matchup of football powers. That isn’t the case this time around, but it is a game pitting two big-time Power 5 programs against one another—Oklahoma vs. Auburn.

Four weeks ago, Oklahoma might have been an easy call in this game. The Sooners hit their stride late in the year, finishing out the season by cruising to victories over West Virginia and Oklahoma State. Conversely, the Tigers crawled to the finish line as their offense ran out of gas.

Oklahoma (10-2) finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the country in scoring (44.7) and total offense (557.3 yards per game). Auburn (8-4) ranks No. 16 in the nation in yards per play allowed at 4.88, but have been middle of the pack as a whole.

Auburn quarterback Sean White is supposed to be healthy after missing the last two games of the season, and if that is true, the Auburn offense will have some of its firepower back. However, Auburn will definitely be at a disadvantage if he isn’t 100 percent.

Oklahoma’s offensive strength likely will be too much for Auburn to counter. Even if the Tigers limit the Sooners’ opportunities, it’s difficult to imagine Auburn scoring enough points to win this game. Our Sugar Bowl score prediction is 31-27 in favor of Auburn.

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