TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Over the summer, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had some interesting comments about the strength of the Southeastern Conference.
Stoops questioned the overall dominance of the SEC during a booster club event. Stoops brought up the "bottom six" of the league and how much they have added to the conference's overall success and reputation.
Stoops' Sooners (10-2) earned a date with Alabama (11-1) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.
So during the Sugar Bowl conference call, a reporter asked Stoops' about his comments on the league.
"Well I'm not playing the bottom half," Stoops said. "If the SEC is Alabama, there's nothing to talk about, right? If you want to say the SEC is Alabama, then sure. They're the ones that won all the national championships or most of them. Now if you want to play the bottom half, that's a different story. But we're not playing the bottom half, are we? So there's not a lot to talk about, is there?"
AJ McCarron honored
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron won the Golden Arm Award, which is given to the best senior quarterback, on Monday.
"It is an unbelievable honor to win the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award." McCarron said. "I can't thank the Unitas family enough for selecting me as the 2013 winner. To have my name next to all of the great quarterbacks who have won this award in the past is truly an honor. I want to thank my teammates, Coach Saban and all of our assistant coaches for making this possible."
McCarron is the second Alabama player to win the award with Jay Barker taking it home in 1994.
McCarron led the Tide to an 11-1 record and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl in his final season. He has thrown for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 67 percent of his passes.
McCarron won the honor over finalists Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois) and Derrick Carr (Fresno State).
Speaking on the Sugar Bowl conference call, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops had high praise for McCarron.
"I think AJ McCarron's the best player in the country," Stoops said. "I really do. If I had a (Heisman) vote, that's who I'd vote for."
McCarron is expected to be invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York.
McCarron is also a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Manning Award, the Senior CLASS Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year.