Orange Bowl: Alabama holds off Oklahoma for another shot at title

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I wouldn't trade it for anything. We shoot for national championships. I'd feel much more comfortable with Alabama at -3.5 than I am with Saban's crewing being favored by almost a touchdown. I think that's why we're recruiting the way we are and that's obviously I think one of the first places that you see it. I thought they were going to try to out-physical us from the beginning of the game, and they kind of mixed it up on us, and we didn't adjust to it well enough.

But if it was the last time he put on a helmet and shoulder pads, he left little doubt about why his decision between baseball and football became increasingly hard as the season went on.

Saban said he warned his team not to let up after its quick start.

"Our offense really controlled the tempo of the game, " Saban said. We have to keep grinding. We've got to evolve. Like how he's not a very good cook. Despite the early Alabama Crimson Tide fireworks, the game was far from over.

Oklahoma made a game of it after that 28-0 start, getting within two scores of Alabama at points in the second half.

Last season, when the semifinals were played on New Year's Day and Georgia and Oklahoma went to overtime in the Rose Bowl, the games averaged a 13.9 overnight rating. "It's like nobody expected any of this but me, the people that are closest to me, people that I've always known, who have always watched me play whether it was football, baseball. That's what we've been doing all year", Wilkins said.

"That's the part that hurts the most; coming here, spending the last couple years here, this place has been home to me", Murray said. So, what time should you tune in?

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Riley doesn't think it will be long before this team takes the next step. "Curtis is a great leader for us". It was all orchestrated by Tua Tagovailoa, who has been the story of the past month after undergoing ankle surgery on December 2 to hopefully stabilize that ongoing injury. "After that we outscored them by 17 the rest of the way".

Marquis Brown ended the game with zero catches, despite being targeted several times through three quarters. The junior could decide to declare for the upcoming NFL Draft.

Boston College running back AJ Dillon recorded the only score of the game before the game was called off. Dillon capped Boston College's first offensive possession of the game with a 19-yard touchdown run.

Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson Tide held off Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl. "He's a heck of a player". "We'll probably finish in the top-three here again".

He added: "I mean, that's what it really came down to".

"He's got a very cool, calm demeanor about him and he's handled it extremely well", Gundy said. A great season for the Gators, 10 big wins, bigger offseason recruiting ahead, all arrows pointed up and ... He told me I had a great game, and go win it all. But when you look at it, we're both competitors. "Lincoln Riley has done a tremendous job, as well".