No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Oklahoma square off in the Orange Bowl
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl: No. 1 Alabama (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1), Saturday, 8 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Alabama by 14.
Series Record: Oklahoma, 3-1-1.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The winner goes to the national championship game in Santa Clara, California on Jan. 7 against either No. 2 Clemson or No. 3 Notre Dame.
No. 9 Oklahoma rebounds from only loss with 52-27 win at TCU
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma offense piled up yards and scored points like they have been all season.
Kenneth Murray and the Sooners defense did their part as well as ninth-ranked Oklahoma bounced back from its only loss, winning 52-27 at TCU on Saturday in the first game since defensive coordinator Mike Stoops was fired.
"It's real important," said Murray, the linebacker who had a game-high 11 tackles. "It felt like we came out there, flew around, great effort."
STAT WATCH: OU linebacker sets FBS record with 28 tackles
Kenneth Murray went into Oklahoma's game against Army with the goal of breaking the school record for tackles. The sophomore linebacker ended up setting the Football Bowl Subdivision mark.
Murray made 28 stops in the Sooners' 28-21 overtime win over the Black Knights on Saturday. That broke the record shared by three players.
Curtis Bolton, Murray's buddy and fellow OU linebacker, finished with a career-high 23 tackles.
No. 7 Oklahoma defense eager to erase CFP memory
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's defense has had a lot of time to think about its last outing.
The Sooners gave up 527 yards in a 54-48 loss to Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinal to close last season. The seventh-ranked Sooners still use that embarrassing performance for motivation, yet they look forward to a fresh start Saturday in the season opener against Florida Atlantic.
Guerin Emig: Kenneth Murray must withstand Georgia run game for OU to win Rose Bowl
LOS ANGELES – With so much focus on how Roquan Smith does against Baker Mayfield, we’re forgetting another matchup critical to Monday’s Rose Bowl – how Kenneth Murray does against Nick Chubb.
How Murray, Oklahoma’s freshman middle linebacker, does against Georgia’ vaunted running game.
“I can guarantee you this,” OU linebackers coach Tim Kish said. “For a month we’ve been talking about how there’s no mystery to what’s going to happen Monday.”
OU Football: Baker Mayfield not a unanimous pick for all-Big 12 quarterback? Plus other thoughts from today’s reveal of all-league honors
Oklahoma’s dominating football season resulted in numerous All-Big 12 awards, which were announced on Thursday afternoon.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield was named the league’s offensive player of the year, while Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was named the co-defensive player of the year in a vote by the 10 league coaches. Each coach wasn’t allowed to select a player of their own team.
A lot on the line for rivals Oklahoma and Texas in Dallas
No. 12 Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1 Big 12) vs. Texas (3-2, 2-0) in Dallas, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)