Some Big XII lobbying by Oklahoma Sooners coach Bob Stoops came back to him after his team was announced as Alabama’s opponent in the Sugar Bowl.
At a press stop back in May, Stoops said that the gap between the SEC and his own conference isn’t as wide as some are stating.
“What are the bottom six doing?” Stoops said.
“So they’ve had the best team in college football,” he said of the SEC. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ‘em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.”
Stoops was asked about his comments Sunday night, after it was confirmed that his Sooners would take on the Crimson Tide, and he wasn’t as eager to defend his position.
“Well I’m not playing the bottom half,” Stoops said. “If the SEC is Alabama, there’s nothing to talk about, right? If you want to say the SEC is Alabama, then sure. They’re the ones that won all the national championships or most of them.”
The ‘bottom six’ teams in the SEC had a total combined record of 27-45 in regular season play this season. The bottom six teams in the Big XII were 28-44 combined.
Alabama and Oklahoma face off on January 2 in New Orleans. It will be the fifth time the teams have met; Oklahoma leads the series 2-1-1. In their last meeting, in 2003 in Tuscaloosa, Oklahoma won 20-13.