The Sooners were ranked No. 11 by the BCS heading into the bowl game and certainly turned a lot of heads with their performance against the Crimson Tide.
Alabama entered the game as a 17-point favorite, but it was OU that ended up winning by two touchdowns in the 45-31 victory.
The Sugar Bowl victory capped a phenomenal way for the Sooners to end the season. OU was 7-2 and sort of floundering with most thinking an 8-4 regular season record was in store.
The Sooners won their final four games, including the final two as heavy underdogs to teams ranked No. 6 or higher.
This season was supposed to be a rebuilding campaign for the Sooners as evidenced by their No. 16 preseason ranking. In going 11-2 and finishing at No. 6, it is the most spots OU has jumped up in the polls since going from No. 19 to No. 1 and winning the 2000 national championship.
OU is the top-ranked team in the Big 12 for a conference-leading seventh time and was one of three conference schools in the top 20.