— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) December 2, 2018
There was some apprehension for three college football programs — Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Georgia — on Sunday. All three of those teams were vying for one final spot in the College Football Playoff. After some tension building by ESPN, it was finally announced that Oklahoma wound up with the No. 4 spot and would play Alabama in the playoff semi-final.
On Saturday, the Sooners came from behind against the rival Texas Longhorns to win their fourth consecutive Big 12 Championship. That also avenged their only loss of the season, which came against Texas at the Cotton Bowl. The biggest knock against Oklahoma was that its defense was poor for most of the season. Despite a shaky defense, quarterback Kyler Murray turned in a historic season to power the Sooners to a 12-1 record.
When it came time to reveal the results, Oklahoma was no lock to get the No. 4 spot despite being the No. 5 team in the previous rankings. Seeing Oklahoma pop up as the No. 4 team had to be a source of excitement for Oklahoma fans. It certainly was for head coach Lincoln Riley, who posted his reaction on Twitter.
“Sooner Nation, we just got some great news before we take off! Can’t wait to play again. Boomer Sooner,” Riley exclaimed. The Sooners head coach was on a plane getting ready to leave on a recruiting trip the day after capturing another conference title.
It will be a battle of two Heisman Trophy candidates between Murray and Alabama quarterback in the Orange Bowl when the Sooners take on the Crimson Tide on Dec. 29.