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OU to Face Alabama in the Orange Bowl

02 December 2018, 11:02 | Charlene Valdez

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney raises the trophy after Clemson won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Pittsburgh in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 1 2018

The Bulldogs dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 after squandering a 14-point lead to top-ranked Alabama in the SEC Championship.

The sports network said Georgia had the best strength of schedule of the three and Ohio State had the best strength of record, a statistic that measures how strong a team's record is given its schedule. It marked OU's fourth straight Big 12 title and 12th overall (all in the last 19 years).

Oklahoma got revenge over Texas, the only team to beat it during the regular season, 39-27. "However, with a slew of potential awards and praise headed their way, it will be important that Alabama players remain focused on the task at hand".

The Orange Bowl, to be played at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., will be televised by ESPN.

Oklahoma has lost to Clemson (2015) and Georgia (2017) in its two playoff appearances. In the most recent matchup, OU posted a 45-31 Sugar Bowl victory over the third-ranked Crimson Tide to cap the 2013 season. Ohio State was stomped by Purdue midseason, however.

Its season-high ranking in the College Football Playoff's top 25 was No. 12, which it earned in each of the past three weeks, while its season low was No. 20.

Tagovailoa suffered two injured ankles in the Georgia game as backup quarterback Jalen Hurts led Alabama to a comeback win.

Clemson has never played in the Cotton Bowl, or at the home stadium of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys.

Why they will win the national championship: "Not only will the Crimson Tide be making their fifth straight trip to the College Football Playoff, they will be doing so with perhaps the best team Nick Saban has ever assembled". Kelly Bryant was replaced by Trevor Lawrence at Clemson and Notre Dame benched Brandon Wimbush in favor of Ian Book. Clemson running back Travis Etienne has scored a school-record 21 rushing touchdowns in 2018 while Notre Dame's Dexter Williams has rushed for 941 yards in eight games and scored 12 touchdowns.

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