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Bowl games 2018: College Football Playoff picks, predictions for Oklahoma vs. Alabama in 2018 Orange Bowl (12/29/18)

No. 4-ranked Big 12 champion Oklahoma will face No. 1-ranked and undefeated SEC champion Alabama with a trip to the national championship game on the line in the 2018 College Football Playoff semifinal game in the Orange Bowl on Saturday, December 29, 2018 (12/29/2018) at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on ESPN.

The Sooners are led by head coach Lincoln Riley and star quarterback Kyler Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner. Alabama is led by head coach Nick Saban and quarterback Tua Tagavailoa. The winner of the Orange Bowl between Alabama and Oklahoma will face the winner of the Cotton Bowl between No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame in the other College Football Playoff semifinal round contest.

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Here’s what you need to know:

2018 ORANGE BOWL – COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEMIFINAL ROUND

Who: No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) vs. No. 1 Alabama (13-0)

When: Saturday, December 29, 2018.

Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Time: 8 p.m. Eastern.

TV: ESPN.

Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish

Line: Oklahoma -14 (via Vegas Insider).

Over/under: 77 points (via Vegas Insider).

Kratch’s pick: It comes down to this: Oklahoma should score 30 points against Alabama. The Sooners’ offense is just that good. But they probably need to score 50 points to win the game, and we just don’t see it happening. Oklahoma’s defense will make enough happen for a slight cover, but the Crimson Tide marches on with relative ease. PICK: Oklahoma (think 48-35).

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Other picks against the spread:

Bill Bender, Sporting News: Oklahoma.

Wayne Staats, NCAA.com: Alabama.

Ben Kercheval, CBSSports.com: Alabama.

SB Nation: Oklahoma.

Adam Rittenberg, ESPN.com: Alabama.

James Kratch may be reached at jkratch@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JamesKratch. Find NJ.com Rutgers Football on Facebook.



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