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Sugar Bowl: Can Sooners Crack Auburn Defense

Sugar Bowl

OU 3rd Ranked Offense; Auburn 5th Ranked D

The 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl should be a barn-burner as the Auburn Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners meet at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Auburn ranks fifth in the country in total defense. The Tigers allowed more than 29 points just once this season. That was to SEC Champion Alabama. The Sooners finished the regular season ranked third in the nation in scoring at 44.7 points. Also in total offense at 557.3 yards per game.

Oddsmakers currently have the Sooners listed as 3-point favorites versus the Tigers, while the game’s total is sitting at 67.

Auburn was a 30-12 loser in its last match on the road against the Alabama Crimson Tide. They covered the +20.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 42 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Defensive end Carl Lawson recorded nine sacks on the season. He also has 12 1/2 tackles for loss and 24 quarterback hurries. Despite injuries, cornerback Joshua Holsey has been solid and will be needed to keep Westbrook under control.

Oklahoma beat in-state rival Oklahoma State 38-20 on December 3rd. They covered the 12-point spread, but the games total went way under the posted 74. Sooner QB Baker Mayfield accounted for 38 passing touchdowns this season. He also completed 71.2 percent of his passes and throwing just eight interceptions. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook had 16 TD receptions. He also averaged nearly 20 yards a catch. In the last five games, running back Samaje Perine rushed for more than 200 yards twice and 100 yards twice.

Sugar Bowl Stats and Matchups

Team record: 8-4 SU,9-3 ATS
Auburn is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Auburn is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Auburn’s last 5 games

Team record: 10-2 SU,6-6 ATS
Current Streak: won 9 straight games.
Oklahoma is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Oklahoma is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma’s last 5 games

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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