Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma Fearless Prediction, Game Preview

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Orange Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma Fearless Prediction, Game Preview


Why Oklahoma Will Win The Orange Bowl

Kyler Murray might just be the one guy who can bring this Alabama team down. Yeah, Alabama might get a month to figure out how to stop the Heisman winner, and the defense might be a little bit extra motivated because its guy – Tua Tagovailoa lost. Alabama’s defense was jacked up to stop Deshaun Watson in the CFP National Championship at the end of the 2016 season, too, and that didn’t matter.

It spent an entire offseason getting prepared to deal with Johnny Manziel in the second game of the 2013 season, and that didn’t work out so hot. Bama won 49-42, but No. 2 went off.

Whether it was Chad Kelly of Ole Miss, or Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight in the 2014 Sugar, or Deshawn, or Johnny, it takes a certain type of quarterback to beat Nick Saban’s defenses. Murray is just quick enough, sharp enough, and accurate enough to do do everything needed.

And that Oklahoma coaching staff is more than used to preparing for defenses trained to stop its superstar under center. It’ll figure out how to get the ball out of his hands in a hurry.

Jake Fromm was almost able to pull off two wins over Alabama. He only hit half of his passes in the College Football Playoff National Championship, but he threw for 232 yards and found his guys for enough big plays to make it a fight. In the SEC Championship this year, he threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns because – for the most part – he had time to work, and he was just that accurate.

Murray should have time to work, and he’s really, really accurate.

The Oklahoma offensive line has been fantastic throughout the season, allowing just 16 sacks on 364 passing attempts. Give No. 1 time, and let him connect on a few quick-hitters, and look out. Star wideout Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is expected to go after getting hurt in the Big 12 Championship.

Don’t dismiss the Oklahoma running backs. Murray and his 892 yards were a bit part of the Big 12’s No. 1 rushing attack, but Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon stepped up when Rodney Anderson went down. Brooks and Sermon combined for almost 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns behind that great offensive front.

Oklahoma is here for a reason – this offense is just that good. Alabama played one team with this kind of talent and balance, and it almost lost to Georgia. It didn’t deal with anyone with anything close to this type of explosion.

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