The 13-0, #1 Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the 12-1, #4 Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday night, December 29th at 8:00 PM Eastern.
Alabama needed a comeback win to defeat Georgia in the SEC Championship game. Oklahoma avenged their only loss of the season. They beat Texas 39-27 to win the Big-12 Championship.
This will be a battle of the Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray and runner-up Tua Tagovailoa. The Tide are a 14 point favorite.
The national media has talked about the Alabama offense all season long but let us start with the defense. Despite blowing out most teams and getting a huge lead at half-time in almost every game, The Tide’s defense has been on of the best in college football. Nick Saban’s team is only giving up 14.8 points per game which was ranked 4th in the nation. They also finished 7th, only allowing 4.5 yards per play. This may be the most complete defense Saban has had in Tuscaloosa.
Has there ever been a better offensive team in the History of the SEC than the 2018 Crimson Tide? Alabama averaged 47.9 points per game in arguably the best defensive conference in the country. They average 7.9 yards per play. This is an offense that can control the ball with the running game or pass it 50 yards in the air for a touchdown. Tagovailoa is coming off an injury and is expected to play. The Hawaiian super star, completed 67% of his passes, threw for over 3,700 yards and had 42 total touchdown and only 4 interceptions. Wide Receiver’s, Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III have 22 touchdowns combined.
Oklahoma’s defense has been terrible all season long. Over the past 5 weeks they have given up 46,47,40,56 and 27 points. They gave up 40 points to the Kansas Jayhawks and they are giving up 32.4 points per game on the season. The only way they can win this game is if they get Alabama to turn the ball over.
Offensively, they have been one of the best units in the history of college football. The Sooners have scored over 48 or more points in 10 of 13 games. Murray threw for over 4,000 yards, completed 70% of his passes, Rushed for 892 yards and had 51 total touchdowns and only 7 interceptions. He has had one of the greatest seasons in the history of college football.
The way to beat Nick Saban and Alabama is to dominate the line of scrimmage, run the ball and have a dual threat quarterback. Oklahoma has this. Running Back’s Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon have been a great 1-2 punch. They average over 8 yards per carry and 24 touchdowns combined. Marquise Brown and CeeDee Lamb have been sensational. They combined for 132 catches and 20 touchdowns.
Everything in my being wants to take the Sooners here to pull the upset. They have the formula, offensively, to beat Alabama. Look for Saban to make the adjustments at halftime and the Crimson Tide pull away in the 4th quarter.
Roll Tide 47… Sooners 39
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