The Sooners beat Texas this weekend, in Dallas. But an NCAA committee also gave them wins over Georgia, Michigan, & Ohio State. -
For the first time this season, the OU Sooner football team cracked the top 4, in the college polling. But it was the only weekend poll that counted. This is the poll that decided which 4 teams go into a nationwide division- football playoff.
Oklahoma will play #1 & undefeated Alabama. The game will be played at the Orange Bowl, in Miami Florida, on New Year's Day. Clemson will host Notre Dame in the other match, in Dallas, on that same day. the two victors of that day will play a week later in a national championship game.
OU is the only team in that tournament with a loss. The AAC Champion, Central Florida; is undefeated in the past 2 years (26-0), but was rejected by the NCAA committee, because their schedule is too weak to be compared to that of the "power-5" conferences. Notre Dame is the only team not in a conference, but their schedule has a much higher "degree of difficulty" and was preferred by the NCAA establishment.
The Alabama-Oklahoma game will feature the two close favorites in the Heisman hunt. Tua 'T-word' and Kyler Murray are speculated to be in a class of their own, in the Heisman voting.
That award will be announced this Saturday night, in New York City.
Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama left the SEC Championship game with his team trailing Georgia. His backup, Jalen Hurts was the shining star of that game. OU, however; has just one blue chip QB.
Kylar Murray finished strong and may have an edge in the Heisman hunt, His main contender had a poor showing and was benched with multiple ankle injuries. Tulsa World has the story.