Big 12 champ Oklahoma, SEC's Auburn meet in Sugar Bowl

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2016, file photo, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, left, shakes hands with Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder following their NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla. Bob Stoops was a young defensive assistant when he joined the staff of new Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder way back in 1989. There are now 388 career victories between Snyder (200) and Stoops, who has won 188 games in 18 seasons as Oklahomas coach. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
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No. 7 Oklahoma (10-2, 9-0 Big 12, No. 7 CFP) vs. No. 17 Auburn (8-4, 5-3 SEC, No. 14 CFP), Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. EST

LOCATION: New Orleans


Oklahoma: QB Baker Mayfield has had another outstanding season, throwing for 3,669 yards, 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He's completed more than 71 percent of his passes.

Auburn: RBs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson. The Tigers are at their best when the running game is clicking. Pettway (1,123 yards rushing) and Johnson (862 yards rushing) have both had good moments this season, but have battled injuries.


Oklahoma: The Sooners lost two of their first three games, but enter the Sugar Bowl on a nine-game winning streak. … RB Joe Mixon has 1,183 yards rushing and is averaging seven yards per carry. … Receiver Dede Westbrook leads the Sooners with 1,465 yards receiving and 16 touchdowns.

Auburn: The Tigers emerged from a jumbled pile of SEC teams to become the second-highest ranked program in the CFP behind top-ranked Alabama. … The Tigers have lost two of their past three bowl games.

LAST TIME: Oklahoma 40, Auburn 22 (Sugar Bowl, Jan. 1, 1972)


Oklahoma: Eighth appearance in the Sugar Bowl, 18th straight year in a bowl game.

Auburn: Sixth appearance in the Sugar Bowl, fourth straight year in a bowl game.

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