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Alabama vs. Oklahoma: Live score, updates, highlights from College Football Playoff semifinal | NCAA Football

Alabama’s renowned defense has not faced an opponent near the caliber of Oklahoma this season, and it will need to step up against the Sooners in Saturday’s College Football Playoff semifinal matchup in order to advance to the national championship game for a fourth straight season.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray edged Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa for the Heisman after leading the Sooners to a 12-1 season. Murray threw for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns, rushing for 892 yards and another 11 touchdowns. He helped Oklahoma score more than 30 points in all but one game.

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Defensively, Alabama held its four ranked 2018 opponents to about 13 points per game, though none of those teams possess the kind of firepower Oklahoma offers.

The Crimson Tide defense, anchored by defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and safety Deionte Thompson, runs deep with elite recruits and has been a staple of coach Nick Saban’s success amid a historic run of five titles in nine seasons. This year, the defense has scored six touchdowns on fumble and interception returns.

Follow along as Sporting News provides live updates and highlights from the Orange Bowl semifinal between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Oklahoma:

Alabama vs. Oklahoma: Live score, updates, highlights

(Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET).


7:36 p.m.: Alabama walks onto the field through a sea of media members. We’re inching closer to kickoff.

7:30 p.m.: The Sooners’ pregame huddle is hyped up.

6:57 p.m.: Here’s Lee Corso’s pick on College Gameday from earlier in the day.

6:24 p.m.: Here is Alabama rolling into the Orange Bowl.

6:21 p.m.: Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has arrived.

Related Alabama, Oklahoma links

— Alabama-Oklahoma preview, betting trends
SN’s College Football Playoff picks

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Tagovailoa vs. Murray has makings of all-time classic duel
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Lincoln Riley’s Oklahoma success more than ‘being smarter than everybody else’

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