SOONERS and TIDE MEET in ORANGE; IRISH and TIGERS in COTTON
In National Semi-final number one in the Cotton Bowl, I have the Fighting Irish defeating the Clemson Tigers in an exciting tussle, 24-23. Notre Dame is due for a big time win and Clemson is due to get beat. Look for the Irish defense to make the difference in this one.
The Oklahoma Sooners have a problem with Alabama in the second National Semi- Final in the Orange Bowl in south Florida. With a great offense but a terrible defense, OU cannot miss opportunities to score touchdowns. Field goals and getting stuffed by the Crimson Tide defense on any possession would be disastrous for OU. The Sooners might need to score on every possession. On the other hand, Alabama has a great offense too, and I expect some huge numbers for them to stack up on OU’s defense. One play drives of over 50 yards are going to happen. As much as the Sooners have come up with some stunning big plays on defense, for Alabama to give up those plays to the OU’s defense in this game would be out of character for them. Kyler Murray will put up yardage in this one, but not enough to give OU the win. As I have mentioned before, OU could pull out the upset, but do not bet the house on it. OU is not as well rounded a team than Alabama this year.
Notre Dame 24 and Clemson 23
Alabama 56 and Oklahoma 42
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