Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: History won't matter for Tide in Sugar Bowl
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
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Big Al at the Alabama pep rally New Years Day in New Orleans near Jackson Square.  (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Big Al at the Alabama pep rally New Years Day in New Orleans near Jackson Square. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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How will Alabama do today against Oklahoma, considering the Tide is coming off a heartbreaking loss to Auburn?

History appears mixed on the subject.

This is the third time in modern football history an unbeaten Alabama team has fallen to Auburn. The bowl results from the previous two times aren't encouraging for the Crimson Tide -- a 17-13 Cotton Bowl loss to Texas at the end of the 1972 season, and a 33-25 defeat to Miami in the Sugar Bowl that capped the 1989 season.

But there are other occasions when Alabama rebounded just fine.

Bear Bryant's 1963 Alabama team lost to Auburn 10-8 but followed up by beating Miami 17-12 and Ole Miss 12-7 in the Sugar Bowl. That's the first time Alabama lost to the Tigers but won a bowl game.

The next time came in 1982 when Auburn beat Alabama 23-22, but the Tide beat Illinois 21-15 in the Liberty Bowl in Bear Bryant's final game.

Alabama also won bowl games after losing to Auburn in 1983, '86, '88, '93, 2002, '05, '07 and '10. Those last two belong to Saban, who is 2-0 in bowl games after losing to Auburn.

In 1970, Alabama lost to Auburn 33-28 after holding a 17-0 early lead. The Crimson Tide drew Oklahoma in the Bluebonnet Bowl, which is the last time the two schools met in a bowl before today. They tied 24-24.

What does all of that mean for today?

Nothing. Nothing at all.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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