Capital One Orange Bowl Preview: #4 Oklahoma vs. #1 Alabama

Virginia Santiago
December 30, 2018

Tagovailoa threw his first touchdown pass midway through the first quarter, lofting a handsome 10-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III before connecting with Jerry Jeudy for a 40-yard pass, which set up another Harris 1-yard score and put Alabama up 21-0 with 1:33 left in the first quarter. "I think it's going to be really fun".

For most of the offseason, Kyler Murray's 2018 football campaign was discussed as a one-off with Murray's presence allowing Oklahoma to continue its explosive offensive ways under coach Lincoln Riley after the departure of three-year starter and Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield. But as we know, these things can be fluid.

His team was bowled over, on one play in particular. "And I thought it took us a little bit longer to settle into this one than it normally does, and it's like we were just kind of waiting for that spark, and it just took longer".

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"He's got a very cool, calm demeanor about him and he's handled it extremely well", Gundy said.

They were supposed to share the spotlight Wednesday morning at a media availability, but Murray was a late cancellation because of an undisclosed illness - one that doesn't seem to worry the Sooners too much.

Murray also holds the distinction of being the only player in the country this season to average more than 300 yards passing and 50 rushing yards per game, and his 96.1 QBR (quarterback rating) is the highest since ESPN started tracking this measurement in 2004. It's Alabama 45, Oklahoma 34, as the Heisman Trophy victor has thrown for two touchdowns and now run for another. Like how he's not a very good cook. They run the ball effectively.

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Even though his college career is about to come to an end within the next couple of weeks, Murray says that now is not the time to talk about his future plans. But early in the second quarter, Notre Dame All-America cornerback Julian Love went out with what coach Brian Kelly said after the game was a head injury and Lawrence started taking apart the Irish secondary. "I've played this game my whole life and I've always felt I could do it", Murray told the media Thursday when discussing a potential National Football League future, according to ESPN.

"Me and Kyler just told each other, 'Great game, '" Tagovailoa said. "He just needs to decide which one".

"It's not the result we wanted or expected", Riley said.

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Saban will be looking to surpass Alabama legend Paul "Bear" Bryant and claim a seventh national championship - and second undefeated season - but will have to defeat Dabo Swinney, who avenged a 2016 championship loss to the Crimson Tide and became the only coach ever to best Saban in a national title game two years ago.

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