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Stoops objects to Saban calling Sugar Bowl 'consolation game'

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Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops disagreed with Alabama coach Nick Saban calling the Sugar Bowl a "consolation game," ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports.

Saban, whose Crimson Tide lost the Sugar Bowl last season to Oklahoma 45-31, said on Tuesday he had a hard time motivating his team to "try to play in a consolation game."

Stoops told ESPN he didn't agree with Saban's feelings about the Sugar Bowl.

"They didn't look like it was a consolation game on that first drive when they scored a touchdown and everyone thought they were going to rout us," the Oklahoma coach said. "I've been in plenty of those [non-national title games]. We've played in a bunch of national championship games, right? ... That's a good one.

"So that means I've got a built-in excuse the next time we don't play for a national championship?"

Oklahoma opens its 2014 schedule Aug. 30 against Louisiana Tech. Alabama plays West Virginia in Atlanta on the same day.

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