The University of Oklahoma Sooners will play in the Capital One Orange Bowl, Saturday night’s opening round of the College Football Playoff.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma State University Cowboys are making final preparations for their New Year’s Eve contest with the University of Missouri in the Autozone Liberty Bowl.
Congratulations to both teams on their successes this year.
Of course, OU’s chance at an eighth national championship has a way of dominating local conversations, and that’s probably as it should be this time.
The No. 4 Sooners, champions of the Big 12 conference, face off against the heavily favored No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide at 7 p.m.
The winner goes on to the Jan. 7 national championship game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, to face the winner of Saturday’s Goodyear Cotton Bowl contest between No. 2. Clemson and No. 3. Notre Dame.
If OU defies the oddsmaker and the gurus and goes to the national championship game, it will set up the perfect end to an improbably successful Sooner season. Led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray, OU has been an offensive juggernaut much of the season.
The team only lost one game but more than evened that score in the conference championship game.
The smart money says OU’s defense won’t be able to deal with the big boys of ’Bama. We’ll see about that. Let’s go ahead and play the game and see if the prognosticators know what they’re talking about.
Win or lose, we’re proud of the OU and OSU teams for the way they have competed this year. Both have played hard, overcome adversity and represented the state well. Fans can speak of their teams’ efforts with pride and watch the games with excitement.