Date: January 1, 2016
Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Sugar Bowl Live Stream: ESPN on Sling TV (free 7-day trial)
Under the format of the second-year College Football Playoff, the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans will annually host the highest-ranked Big 12 and SEC teams when the Sugar Bowl isn’t a playoff game. The top-ranked Big 12 and SEC teams this season are Oklahoma and Alabama, but the two conference champions are in the national semifinals. So instead the Sugar Bowl will feature No. 16 Oklahoma State and No. 12 Ole Miss for the 8:30 p.m. ET kickoff on New Year’s Day evening — the last game on the first day of 2016. This is a must-see game, which is why we’re going to show you how to get a legal Sugar Bowl live stream
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Ole Miss Rebels
Oklahoma State (10-2) had designs on the College Football Playoff as the Cowboys opened the season with 10 straight wins to reach No. 6 in the CFP rankings. But the Pokes lost their final two games, both at home, 45-35 to Baylor and 58-23 to Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam game. OSU finished tied with TCU for second in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma, but since the Cowboys beat the Frogs head-to-head OSU got the Sugar Bowl bid.
The Cowboys are a very good offensive team, ranking No. 20 nationally in total offense and ninth in scoring (41.2 ppg). Not many top-flight teams use two quarterbacks, but Pokes coach Mike Gundy does in Mason Rudolph (3,591 yards passing, 21 TDs) and J.W. Walsh (663 yards, 13 TDs). Rudolph is a typical drop-back passer while Walsh is a dual-threat. He has rushed 67 times for 285 yards and 11 scores.
But OSU’s best player is defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. The nation’s active leader in career sacks with 28, Ogbah also leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally with 13 sacks this season, and he leads the Big 12 and ranks 14th nationally with 17.5 tackles for loss. Ogbah will be a very high NFL draft pick. OSU has won nine of its last 11 games played against current members of the SEC — no games this year — and is 6-3 under Gundy in bowl games.
Ole Miss (9-3) is the only team this season to beat SEC champion Alabama, breaking the Tide’s 17-game home winning streak. But it turned out that a wild 53-52 overtime loss to Arkansas on Nov 7 — thanks to a fluke 4th-and-25 conversion from the Razorbacks — kept the Rebels from playing in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama won the West Division and clobbered Florida in that SEC title game so technically Ole Miss isn’t the SEC runner-up, but it is the second highest-ranked team in the conference and why it landed in the Sugar Bowl.
Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, has completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,740 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in his first year at Ole Miss. The Rebels have a good defense, ranking No. 56 nationally in total defense (387.5 yards), No. 55 in passing defense (216.8 yards), No. 25 in rush defense (132.42 yards) and No. 36 in scoring defense (22.8 points). Tackle Robert Nkemdiche could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Oklahoma State has an all-time 16-9 record in bowl games (64.0 percent) and Ole Miss is 23-13 (63.9 percent). Only USC, with a winning percentage of 66.0 in bowl games, has won at a higher rate than this year’s Sugar Bowl foes. The Rebels had a six-game bowl winning streak end last season in a blowout to TCU.
Sign Up for Sling TV to Watch the Sugar Bowl Live Stream Online
Ole Miss wants redemption for last year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl loss to TCU, while Oklahoma State is looking to put the disappointing end to the regular season behind it. Both want momentum for next season. So it should be a very competitive Sugar Bowl. Thus it’s time to sign up for Sling TV, your only legal Sugar Bowl live stream option to stream the ESPN telecast live. Currently, Sling TV is offering a free 7-day trial with no obligations. Can you think of a better day to have free live streaming of college football than New Year’s Day with all the bowl action?
The basic package for Sling TV (review) provides more than 20 cable channels. Included are TNT, TBS, AMC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 (through WatchESPN with your Sling TV login). With Sling TV, you can live stream your favorite TV shows or sporting events even on your big-screen TV with a connected device. Sling TV’s basic package costs a scant $20 monthly and has no contract, so you can cancel at any time you want. There is also the option to purchase additional channels each month. Sling TV has add-on packages for $5 per month, including a Sports Package. Simply put, it’s the best way to watch the Sugar Bowl online.
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Other College Football Games to Watch Online Jan. 1
*-All games can be watched on Sling TV and/or WatchESPN
Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Tennessee, Noon
Citrus Bowl: Michigan vs. Florida, 1 p.m. ET
Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State, 1 p.m. ET
Rose Bowl: Stanford vs. Iowa, 5 p.m. ET
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