Alabama vs Oklahoma : The No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners (12-1), led by quarterback Kyler Murray, meet the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (13-0), led by quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, in the Orange Bowl and College Football Playoff semifinal on Saturday, December 29, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Alabama vs Oklahoma Live Orange Bowl Game Stream In HD
The Crimson Tide have been here before. There are some players on the team who will be playing in their eighth game in the College Football Playoffs. Not only are they experienced, they have an unmatched depth, with a roster full of top recruits. This was on display when quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was forced to leave the game against Georgia with a leg injury.
His backup Jalen Hurts subbed in and led the Crimson Tide to victory. Now that Tagovailoa is fully recovered, the Crimson Tide offense will be firing on all cylinders. This offense is one of the best in school history, scoring an average of 47.9 points per game. That’s 12.8 more points than its championship team in 2015.
Oklahoma preview: Led by Murray, the Sooners have the most potent offense in college football. Head coach Lincoln Riley will need to be as creative as he’s been all year with his play calling if they hope to pull off the upset. On the other side of the ball, the Sooners defense needs to be opportunistic and convert turnovers into points.
This defensive unit turned seven takeaways into points during the season. Six of them were touchdowns. Defensive back Tre Brown made a huge defensive play against Texas in the Big 12 Championship game, blitzing into the backfield and tackling Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger for a safety. You can’t expect the Sooners to slow down the Crimson Tide’s high-caliber offense, but they will need to make a few big plays.