Alabama entered last year’s Sugar Bowl as the No. 3 team in America and a 17 point favorite over No. 10 Oklahoma. Of course, the Sooners ended up beating the Crimson Tide, 45-31. It’s weird to see a Nick Saban coached team ever lose by two touchdowns to anyone, so when he was asked about the game today by ESPN, Saban presented this theory: it was really hard to convince his team to play in a bowl game that wasn’t the BCS National Championship Game.
Nick Saban said playing OU last year had to convince team “getting them to try to play in consolation game”
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 22, 2014
Of course, Alabama narrowly missed out on playing in the title game, and since the team was the two time defending national champions, it’s not surprising that some players would feel a little let down. Saban’s not the only person to express these sentiments, as former ‘Bama WR Julio Jones said earlier this year that “nobody cares about playing in the Sugar Bowl.”