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Sugar Bowl 2014 Oklahoma vs. Alabama: Live Game Grades, Analysis for the Sooners

The Oklahoma Sooners will get a chance to end their three-game bowl losing streak against the SEC when they take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The Sooners are coming off a 33-24 win over rival Oklahoma State and are on a three-game winning streak. Alabama is coming off a heartbreaking loss to rival Auburn and looks to end its season on a high note.

So, who will come out on top?

For full stats, check out NCAA.com.

 

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Sugar Bowl 2014: Live Score and Highlights for Oklahoma vs. Alabama

The Alabama Crimson Tide are heavy favorites in the 2014 Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma tonight at 8:30 PM ET on ESPN, but don’t believe for a second that this won’t be an entertaining showdown. 

Big 12 vs. SEC football is sure to provide plenty of excitement tonight, as both Alabama and Oklahoma have some superb talent on their rosters.

Of course, Nick Saban and the Tide would rather be playing in the BCS National Championship, but the greatest play in Iron Bowl history kept them from winning the SEC, resulting in a trip to New Orleans for a battle against “Big Game” Bob Stoops.

The Sooners’ head coach made some interesting comments about the SEC this offseason, and now he has a chance to prove that the Big 12 is in fact a better conference.

However, AJ McCarron and company won’t make it easy on him.

Keep it locked right here to Bleacher Report for live score updates, highlights from the game and much more! 

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Leonard Fournette to LSU: Tigers Land 5-Star RB Prospect

LSU got one of the biggest commitments of the year when Leonard Fournette decided to join the program on Thursday.

The 5-star running back likely could have attended any school in the country, and he received offers from most major SEC and ACC schools. In the end, however, he wanted to play for the Tigers.

Playing his high school ball in New Orleans, Fournette carved out quite a reputation for himself as an elite prospect. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he is not only the top running back in the 2014 class but also the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation.

This lofty praise is mostly due to his unbelievable high school numbers. In 2012, the St. Augustine High School star rushed for 2,136 yards and 31 touchdowns on 196 carries, good for 10.9 yards per attempt. He added 313 yards and three scores on 15 receptions as well.

Over his four years in high school, he has totaled 7,620 yards and 88 touchdowns on the ground.

Listed at 6'1" and 226 pounds, he has the size and strength to go up the middle and break tackles to get the tough yards. Impressively, he also has enough acceleration and top speed to turn the small runs into huge gains.

In the open field, he can use his elite vision to find open holes and reach the end zone whenever he touches the football.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network offered some high praise for the running back after watching him play last year:

While LSU has other running backs on the roster, the Louisiana native has the ability to step on the field almost immediately. With his unique skill set, he should be able to succeed at the college level right away.

With this commitment, the Tigers secured a lot of winning days for the next few years.

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No. 1 RB Leonard Fournette Commits to LSU: Meet the Next Adrian Peterson

Leonard Fournette has announced his commitment to LSU at the Under Armour All-America Game. He is the No. 1 running back in the 2014 class and has the skills to be an instant impact player for the Tigers offense. 

Coming out of high school, he was drawing comparisons to Adrian Peterson. That's pretty lofty praise, but Fournette has the speed, vision and power to back it up.

Watch Adam Kramer and Michael Felder break down Fournette's game. 

 

Highlights courtesy of XOS Digital.

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Tony Brown to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 5-Star CB Prospect

Arguably the best high school prospect in the state of Texas is spreading his wings, as 5-star cornerback Tony Brown officially committed to Alabama.

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports provides details:

Like all Class of 2014 recruits, Brown's commitment is only verbal. He can change his mind at any time between now and the beginning of the national signing period without penalty. 

Still, after nearly every major program in the country expressed interest, it's hard to see anyone swaying him from Alabama at this juncture.

Brown is considered the ninth-best prospect overall and third-best cornerback in the Class of 2014 by 247Sports' composite rankings. The Ozen High School standout received over 20 scholarship offers before giving official visits to LSU, USC, Texas, Alabama and Ohio State.

From almost the beginning of the process, it felt like Brown was predisposed to becoming a Tiger despite his Texas upbringing. By the time December rolled around, 247Sports' Crystal Ball indicated that he was 100 percent locked into coming to Baton Rouge. 

And it's not hard to see why.

Since taking over the Tigers post, Les Miles has developed a reputation of developing elite defensive back talent. Morris Claiborne and Patrick Peterson both parlayed their time under Miles into being first-round draft choices, and it's possible Tyrann Mathieu would have done the same had it not been for off-the-field issues. Alabama, Texas and Ohio State aren't exactly bereft of NFL-worthy talent, but LSU's recent track record speaks for itself.

Nevertheless, a late push from Alabama wound up swaying Brown enough to change the entire process.

The Crimson Tide get a player who could step in from the moment he arrives. Listed at 6'0" and 188 pounds, Brown has a ready-built body and enough speed to atone for mistakes caused by inexperience. While not an official time, multiple recruiting sites, including 247Sports, list his 40-yard dash time at 4.35—among the quickest in the entire nation. 

He's also already a very good cover corner and able to move around the defense depending on the situation. Watching Brown's highlight reels, his ability to make big plays stands out most of all. High school quarterbacks just weren't able to account for his closing speed, leading to interceptions and last-minute breakups.

Brown was a 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection. He's also a talented track and field athlete, specifically, an elite-level hurdler who could have had a career in the sport if it weren't for football. 

His tackling could use some improvement, which may be the top factor preventing him from getting extensive playing time as a freshman. But no matter what happens in 2014, Brown should be a staple defensively sooner rather than later.

 

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What 5-Star CB Tony Brown Means to Alabama Crimson Tide

Tony Brown has committed to Alabama at the Under Armour All-America Game. The 5-star cornerback has the ability to make an instant impact for the Crimson Tide, whose secondary could definitely use the addition.

Watch Barrett Sallee break down what this commitment means to the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

 

*Highlights courtesy of XOS Digital.

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