2016 Sugar Bowl Line: TBA
Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida.
Date and time: Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, 2:30 PM ET.
Last year’s result: Oklahoma State 20, Ole Miss 48.
Conference tie-ins: Big 12, SEC
Teams with the most all-time appearances: Alabama, 15.
Teams with the most all-time wins:Alabama, 8
Along with the Cotton and Orange Bowls, the Sugar Bowl is one of the oldest games in NCAAF history. The Sugar Bowl has been played annually since January 1, 1935, and celebrated its 75th anniversary on January 2, 2009. Born during the Great Depression and surviving the great World War and numerous hurricanes and natural disasters, the Bowl Game is now recognized as one of the premier college sports events in the country despite being based in a relatively small city.
In its long history, the Sugar Bowl has had a longstanding relationship with the Southeastern Conference (SEC). From 1950 to 1995, only once did the Sugar Bowl not feature an SEC team. That relationship has been altered over the past twenty years due to conference realignments and the emergence of a series of coalitions and alliances intending to produce an undisputed national champion, but the ties between the Sugar Bowl and the SEC have persisted and have recently been strengthened.
As a member of the Bowl Championship Series, the Sugar Bowl hosted the BCS National Championship Game twice (2000 and 2004). However, from the 2006 season to the 2013 season, the BCS National Championship Game had been a stand-alone event, following one week after the New Year’s Day bowl games. This means that, under the now-defunct BCS format, no traditional bowl game hosted the BCS National Championship Game, but that game was played at the venue of one of those traditional major bowls, rotating amongst the four sites, including the Superdome.
Underdogs covered the spread in three straight from 2012 to 2014 – by beating their favored opponents outright. Last year, Mississippi beat Oklahoma State 48-20 to easily cash in as an 8-point favorite while the game’s 68 combined points played just Under the 7.5-point O/U Total.
Last year’s win by Ole Miss snapped a four-year losing streak by SEC teams. Last but not least, with 10 appearances in the last 43 seasons, Alabama has played in the most Sugar Bowls dating back to 1973.