Orange Bowl – Dec 29
Coach: Nick Saban
Alabama Players to watch:
**Sophomore NT Quinnen Williams (6-4/297)
Williams earned unanimous honors with his selection by the AFCA, TSN, FWAA, AP, and Walter Camp and was a First Team All-SEC honoree. The redshirt sophomore took home the Outland Trophy on Dec. 6, in recognition of his breakout season in his first year as a starter. Williams leads all Tide defensive linemen with 65 tackles and paces the team in tackles for loss with 17 (-81 yards).
*Junior LT Jonah Williams (6-5/301)
Williams earned unanimous All-America honors by virtue of first-team accolades from the AFCA, The Sporting News (TSN), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Associated Press (AP) and Walter Camp. The junior was also the winner of the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is presented annually to the league’s top offensive lineman.
**Sophomore WR Jerry Jeudy (6-1/187)
Jeudy won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver this season, earning consensus All-America honors via his first-team selection by the AFCA, TSN, AP and Walter Camp. The sophomore was a First Team All-SEC selection by both AP and the league coaches. He has caught 59 passes for a team-leading 1,103 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
*Junior SS Deionte Thompson (6-2/194)
Thompson leads all Tide defensive backs and is second on team in tackles with 71 stops. He has also forced a team-high four fumbles and contributed 3.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards), two interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery this season.
Coach: Lincoln Riley
Oklahoma Players to watch:
*Junior WR Marquise Brown (5-10/165)
Brown caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. The Sooner speedster posted six 100-yard receiving games in 2018 and averaged 17.6 yards per catch. He has been rehabbing a lower-leg injury he suffered in the Big 12 Championship game. He was carted off the sidelines in the fourth quarter before returning with a boot on his left leg. HC Lincoln Riley said recently that he is hopeful that Brown will play in the Orange Bowl.
Senior RG Dru Samia (6-5/297)
RG Dru Samia claimed OU’s third straight Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year honor. The senior right guard has started 46 games, just four shy of the OU record at 50. Oklahoma won the Joe Moore Award, given to the team with the best offensive line in the country.
Senior LG Ben Powers (6-4/315)
LG Ben Powers was named an Outland Trophy Semi-finalist this year. The Sooners are on a pace to set a new NCAA record for offensive yards per play. OU is averaging 8.7 yards per play through 13 games.
*Junior RT Cody Ford (6-3/343)
Ford started 20 games with his first full season as a starter coming this year after he moved to tackle. Ford is expected to be a first-round pick in some circles (should he declare) and is expected to play guard in the NFL. Anchored by this incredible O-line, the Sooners lead the country in points per game (49.5) and yards per contest this season (577.9) despite ranking tied for 107th out of 130 teams in plays per game (just 66.1).
College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl
No. 1 Alabama 45, No. 4 Oklahoma 34
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida