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Sooners arrive in South Beach

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The fourth-ranked Sooners have landed in South Florida in advance of the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Orange Bowl in six days. Head coach Lincoln Riley met with the media immediately upon their arrival.

“It’s a lot of work,” said head coach Lincoln Riley. “There’s a lot of things that have to go your way just to get to this point, but we’re certainly not satisfied with that. We’ve had a good last couple weeks of preparation, as we were antsy to get down there. We look forward to starting our preparations here tomorrow.”

There will, of course, as always be questions about the mindset, given the game in played in a place like Miami. Riley obviously has already addressed all those things.

“Our guys understand that,” Riley said. “We’ve been in a few of these, and I think that serves you well. But yeah, you’ve got to enjoy the experience, but we’re here for one reason and that’s to win this game. So we practice with that mentality. Our leaders have kind of really helped set the direction of that, and our other guys have followed in place.”

Everyone has traveled for the CFP Semifinal. Wide receiver Marquise Brown’s status remains up in the air, but the Sooners have improved in terms of injuries across the board.

“I think we’ve had a good kind of balance of rest, getting their bodies back, getting some injured guys back healthy, which that was a pretty long list here two or three weeks ago,” Riley said. “So we think we’ve made some improvements there, and then we’ve gotten a lot of good, quality work on kind of just trying to get better ourselves. We felt like we were really starting to play much closer to our capability there the last couple games of the year, feel like we’re building momentum and we know we’ve got to continue that.”

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–Courtesy to OUI’s Regine Familet for the video

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