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College Football Playoff 2018: Three takeaways from Alabama’s win over Oklahoma
Published on Dec. 30, 2018
Alabama did what Alabama does in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl on Saturday as it took care of business with a 45-34 win over Oklahoma.
Tua Tagovailoa was great again, Alabama’s defense was more than good enough and the Sooners took a long time to get going.
That leads our three takeaways from Alabama’s win over Oklahoma.
Oklahoma didn’t show up until the second quarter
This game was pretty simple: Oklahoma was not ready to play to start the game. Call it rust, call it being over-matched or shell-shocked, it doesn’t matter. The Sooners weren’t ready to play.
That’s why Alabama came out and jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead and an eventual 28-0 advantage that would have happened in the first quarter had the Crimson Tide not run out of time.
And let’s be clear, Alabama did everything right to start the game. Tua Tagovailoa didn’t miss a pass in the first 15 minutes, the defense got pressure with their front four, and the team’s defensive backs completely got Marquise Brown out of the loop. But the Sooners weren’t ready to play and that’s on them.
Josh Jacobs looked like he was mad at something
Alabama running back Josh Jacobs doesn’t get enough attention. You know how we know? You weren’t exactly sure who Jacobs was before Saturday’s game and you’re still not quite positive you know who he is now.
One thing is for sure though: Oklahoma safety Robert Barnes certainly knows now because Jacobs trucked Barnes on his way to Alabama’s fourth touchdown of the game.
Josh Jacobs would not be denied. pic.twitter.com/EVvYty3kOT
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) December 30, 2018
Jacobs had a great game Saturday finishing with 98 rushing yards and 60 receiving yards and now 593 yards on the ground and 14 total touchdowns on the year. He is even getting some talk as being a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. And honestly after Saturday’s performance, it wouldn’t be all that surprising.
It’s only fitting
Since the second edition of the College Football Playoff Alabama and Clemson have faced off at some point in the postseason. And they will face off once again this season as Clemson also defeated Notre Dame in its semifinal 30-3 to punch its ticket to the national championship.
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Once again Alabama will face a formidable quarterback — albeit a young one — as Trevor Lawrence will lead the Tigers into the game. Lawrence took over as the team’s signal-caller before the matchup with Syracuse earlier this year and has only gotten better as the year went along.
He tossed three touchdowns to no picks in the team’s win Saturday and looks ready for the challenge of the Crimson Tide. But Kyler Murray looked ready too so we’ll see what happens Jan. 7. This will be the third time in the last four years these two teams have faced off in the College Football Playoff final. Alabama won the first matchup in 2016, while Clemson took the second the following year.