Championship weekend in college football proved to be as thrilling as always, with the events of Week 14 giving the playoff committee something to think about. No real surprise came in seeing the Alabama Crimson Tide installed as #1 after going unbeaten this season, although it almost went a little south for them, as they had to come from behind to knock off the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game. The Tide survived, though, and will now begin the defense of their National Championship Crown in the Orange Bowl against #4 Oklahoma. Let’s take a look at how Alabama wind this one and moves on.

Depth at the QB Position

In the National Championship last year, Tua Tagovailoa was called upon to replace Jalen Hurts and bail out the Tide as they came from behind to beat Georgia. The tables were turned over the weekends, with Hurts coming into replacing the injured Tua to once again break the hearts of the Bulldogs. Tua is listed as having a high ankle sprain and will almost certainly be ready for the Orange Bowl on January 7. If he is still a little wobbly or is having a bit of an off game, as he did in the SEC title game, Alabama fans can take heart in knowing that Hurts is more than capable of taking over the QB role. Hurts will almost certainly be transferring at the end of this season, so this is a good chance for him to showcase his skills.

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Defense Wins Championships

Much has been made about the performance of Tua and the Alabama offense this season, but let’s not forget that the defense is also one of the best in the country. The Oklahoma Sooners have been lighting it up on the offensive side of the football, but this is the best defensive unit that they will have faced all season. Given that the Sooners defense has been nothing short of shocking this year, we know that they will give up points to Alabama, but can they do enough to keep pace, as they were so very often forced to do in Big 12 Conference play?

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Head to Head Versus Oklahoma

It is, of course, tough to look at historical data in college football and use it to make picks, as teams like Alabama usually have big roster changes every year, with their best players routinely heading off to the NFL draft. Still, it is also foolish to ignore that data altogether, as it does sometimes give us an insight into how things may go in any given meeting. These two have not met very often, with the last match-up coming at the Sugar Bowl back in 2014. It was Oklahoma who took that one, their 3rd straight win over Alabama in the 2000s.

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Playoff Experience

The Alabama Crimson Tide have won the National Championship in 5 of the last 9 years and look like a solid bet to do it again. This is the second straight playoff appearance for the Sooners, but they fell at the first hurdle last season, going down to Georgia, another SEC team, in the Rose Bowl. If you count experience as important, then the definite edge needs to go to Alabama.

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