The big bowl games are coming this Saturday. By big I mean we're not talking about Boise State vs. Boston College, but rather games like Michigan vs. Florida in the Peach Bowl. We will also know the two teams playing for the National Championship after Saturday as the first two playoff games will get under way. First up is Clemson vs. Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, followed by Oklahoma vs. Alabama in the Orange Bowl. Alabama is a huge 14 point favorite in their game, and the over/under is 77 points. Yes, this game is expected to be a shootout. One reason I am hesitant about Oklahoma is because of the Heisman Hangover I like to call it. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray won the Heisman award for best college football player of the year, but often times the Heisman winner comes up short in their bowl game.
Alabama had a Heisman candidate in their QB Tua Tagovailoa, but he was injured in his last game and was replaced by backup Jalen Hurts who rallied them for a win over Georgia. Tua is expected to play, but says his ankle will not be 100 percent. Oklahoma hasn't really played a defense like Alabama has, and Alabama hasn't really played on offense like Oklahoma's. But I also think the Sooners have something to prove. They deserve to be in the playoffs, but a lot of people think that Ohio State, or even Georgia, should have been the 4th playoff team. Alabama has won so much in recent years, I think sometimes you lose that passion to win opposed to a team that is looking for their first championship in a long time, and so for that reason, I think the Sooners offense will be too much for Bama's defense. I also see the Sooner's defense playing well enough to limit Bama's offense.
When Alabama was a 14 point favorite over LSU a few weeks back, I didn't think they would cover, let alone shut them out, but again, Oklahoma's offense is on a much different level. I still think this will be a high-scoring contest, but I don't picture it going over 77 points. The last time these two teams played was back in the 2014 Sugar Bowl when Oklahoma won 45-31. I'm sure that is still in the minds of Alabama players and fans. If Oklahoma can keep it close in the first half, then they win. But if Alabama gets out to an early 1st half lead, then they won't look back and advance to yet another championship game.