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?"
- Paul Palladino