You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Orange Bowl
– Considering how good the Oklahoma offense is throwing the ball, this will never, ever happen … go old school Sooners and run the triple option with Kyler Murray turning into Jamelle Holieway.
Who gave Alabama the most fits this season besides Georgia? The Citadel and its option offense for a half, and Army and its attack for a full four quarters, and then some in the overtime thriller.
The Sooners don’t want to get their Heisman star beaten up – and agent Scott Boras would blow a gasket the second the O went to the wishbone – but with so much time to prepare, and considering the issue the Tide defensive front had, at least some modified form of the triple option for a few plays here and there had to cross the minds of the Sooner coaches.
– The focus might be on the quarterbacks, but for Alabama, this might just be easy as pounding, pounding, and pounding some more. The Tide offense certainly has the talent to keep up in any sort of a shootout, but they can grind out the ground game on Oklahoma, and Oklahoma can’t grind out the ground game on the Tide.
– It’s been lost a little bit in the greatness of Oklahoma over the last several seasons, but the program hasn’t won a whole lot of bowl games lately. It won the 2017 Sugar over Auburn, and it took down a depressed Alabama – the team that got hit with the Auburn kick-six – in the 2014 Sugar – but it’s only 2-4 in the last six bowl games.
Granted, these were adult table bowls matchups, but to take this back even further, since beating Washington State to win the 2003 Rose, Oklahoma is a mediocre 5-9 in bowls.
On the flip side, Alabama is 5-1 in its last six bowl/College Football Playoff appearances, and it’s 9-3 since losing to Ohio State in the 2008 Sugar.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Orange Bowl?
This is going to be a wild and crazy offensive show with both teams trading big shots in the first half. But it’s a long game, and as it drags on, Alabama’s defense will adjust just enough, and the running game will do enough, to take over.
The Sooners and Kyler Murray will eventually get stopped for a drive or two. The Alabama offense, though, will just keep on going. Eventually, the Tide offensive line and deep backfield will rumble and pull away on the way to yet another national championship appearance.
But the Tide will have to work for it, first.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Alabama 50, Oklahoma 34
Line: Alabama -14, o/u: 77
ATS Confidence: 2
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