Alabama 45, Oklahoma 34: 5 Thoughts On The Orange Bowl

Alabama 45, Oklahoma 34: 5 Thoughts On The Orange Bowl

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Alabama 45, Oklahoma 34: 5 Thoughts On The Orange Bowl

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3. Bad Idea: Spotting Alabama 28 points

It’s too late and I’m too tired to look it up, so I’m just going go with the idea that Alabama has never blown a 28-0 lead. And if it has, it didn’t do it under Nick Saban.

Yeah, the game took on sort of a coronation feel after a brilliant first 17 minutes by the Crimson Tide, even if it got a wee bit dramatic in the second half. But the team could take a step back after doing to Oklahoma what it did to so many teams throughout the season.

The first four scoring marches were methodical, precise, and brutally efficient. It’s not like there were any gimmes – 75 yards, 55 yards, 61 and 48. Those were the scoring drives, and that was the cushion the team needed to take it a little bit too easy.

Oklahoma is the one team in college football built for a massive comeback, but even when the momentum totally shifted the other way … nine plays, 75 yards, Bama touchdown.

The Crimson Tide had the ball for over 36 minutes and went on the big scoring runs marches late to put the game away, but …

NEXT: Oklahoma gave it the old college try

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