Oklahoma's 45-34 loss means more than a trip back home

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The high-scoring Sooners (12-2) reached the postseason despite a porous defense that was no match for Alabama's diverse attack, and the Crimson Tide led 28-0 after only 17 minutes.

The constant question thrown in Murray's direction concerning his football future has only grown louder after he secured the 2018 Heisman Trophy award after an impressive campaign.

Murray ended up with 308 yards passing and 109 yards rushing, the third time this season he had both 300 yards passing and 100 yards rushing in a game (tied for second most in a season over the past 20 seasons).

Biletnikoff Award victor Jerry Jeudy, who played high school football in nearby Deerfield Beach, caught a 40-yard pass from Tagovailoa late in the first quarter, setting up a 1-yard score by Harris.

Tagovailoa completed his first nine passes for 184 yards, as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 28-0 lead.

Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is very, very well schooled. "Well, it was no surprise to me that they would come back in the game", Saban said. This is the fourth time they've played each other in recent years in the post season, and they've all been great games outside of last year.

Both have regularly been winning games by wide margins this year. He has rushed for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma will meet in Miami for the Orange Bowl on Saturday, with a place in the College Football Playoff final on the line.

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So while Alabama (14-0) may have been driven by a lot of things like junior running back Josh Jacobs wanting bragging rights when he goes home to Tulsa, they were all secondary to what drove the Crimson Tide the most - and it wasn't the Heisman snub. The most noise the Sooners mustered in the early going was when linebacker Kenneth Murray talked trash with the Alabama bench - with his team trailing by three touchdowns.

Saban spiked his headset during one of his several sideline tirades.

Really, this game was over on the opening drive, after the officiating crew reviewed an Alabama fumble at the Oklahoma 1-yard line.

The Sooners' first three plays lost 6 yards, forcing a punt, and eight plays later Tagovailoa hit Henry Ruggs III with a 10-yard touchdown pass. "They made some really nice, competitive plays down the field, and then we just had trouble kind of gaining our traction offensively early".

That's the edge from a coach who is on the cusp of passing Bear Bryant with a seventh national championship but is always demanding more from a four- and five-star roster that rarely fails to live up to expectations. Brown thought he would be able to go, but once the game started, he realized he was not at full strength.

So, Alabama will play in its fourth consecutive title game.

Clemson and Alabama are playing in the College Football Playoff, and for the third time in four years it is for the national championship. The Tide beat Clemson for the 2015 championship, and the Tigers returned the favor in 2016.