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Can Saban put aside the distractions and get his squad ready to go?
Bowl Matchup: No. 11 Oklahoma (10-2) vs. No. 3 Alabama (11-1), Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN (Allstate Sugar Bowl)
Believe it or not, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban will be feeling a lot of pressure during the bowl season.
No, Saban isn’t in danger of losing his job. In fact, he recently signed an extension to stay on with Alabama, via the Tuscaloosa News’ Cecil Hurt.
But ever since the team’s shocking loss to Auburn, 34-28, in the season finale, Saban has been under criticism. If it wasn’t for some of his play-calling decisions in that game, it was because of the time he took to sign an extension.
It doesn’t help that the Tide come into their bowl matchup against the Sooners as two-touchdown favorites.
We all remember what happened the last time Alabama was so heavily favored to win a BCS bowl game.
When your only option is to win, and win big, a lot can go wrong.
All stats and rankings used in this article are courtesy of NCAA.com.
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