07:34 AM ET 12.09 | Apart from watching a few games on television, Bob Stoops hasn't seen much of Alabama, and he certainly hasn't broken down a ton of tape. He has 24 days left until the Jan. 2 Sugar Bowl to fully prepare himself for everything the Crimson Tide has to offer. The Oklahoma coach, though, has seen more than enough of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron to come to an immediate, definitive conclusion. "I think AJ McCarron's the best player in the country," Stoops said on Sunday's Sugar Bowl teleconference. "I really do. If I had a (Heisman) vote, that's who I'd vote for." ... Stoops bristled when he was asked about his controversial offseason comments about the SEC, but he had nothing but praise for the Crimson Tide, which he described as "just incredible" during a run of three national championships in four seasons.