Alabama up 21 at half, let’s check in on Nick Saban

Alabama-Oklahoma: Orange Bowl prediction, time, TV channel, preview is 13-0 and earned the No. 1 ranking in the final CFP rankings of the season. Oklahoma and coach Lincoln Riley are 12-1 and No. 4.

Both teams are back in the CFP after appearances last year. While coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide won the title a season ago, the Sooners lost to Georgia in a CFP semifinal in the Rose Bowl.

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Players know Alabama fatigue is real, but that doesn't stop the Crimson Tide's title quest GARDENS, Fla. — Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings was on a westbound flight to Los Angles before Christmas when he struck up a conversation with his neighbor, a Harvard graduate interested in whether the 6-foot-3, 266-pound junior played sports, and where.

Yes, I play football, Jennings answered, and I play at the University of Alabama — aware of the response that almost inevitably follows.

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Here’s what one analyst expects to see between Oklahoma and Alabama in the Orange Bowl

It's a familiar sight this time of year.

The Alabama Crimson Tide are in the middle of another national title run as one of the top teams in college football.

Nick Saban is just two games away from hoisting another trophy with another team filled with the top talent a college football coach can find. This would mark his sixth title in 12 years at Alabama and would tie Paul "Bear" Bryant for the most in school history by a single head coach.

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Can Oklahoma’s defense stop Alabama in the Orange Bowl? The Sooners sure think so

Oklahoma's Amani Bledsoe has heard the whispers, the noise, the criticisms.

He knows what the outside world is expecting to happen on Saturday when the fourth-ranked Sooners face top-ranked Alabama in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night for a spot in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

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VIDEO: Minkah Fitzpatrick Pens Letter to Alabama Ahead of Orange Bowl

Minkah Fitzpatrick - Twitter VideoThe College Football Playoff semifinal kicks off this weekend, with the marquee matchup being the Orange Bowl between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Oklahoma Sooners. While Alabama has gone undefeated this season, they face perhaps their biggest test in ​Heisman winner Kyler Murray. Miami Dolphins safety and Alabama alum Minkah Fitzpatrick knows what this Crimson Tide team is going through, and decided to pen a letter to them in order to express his excitement. ​

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Jalen Hurts: Never said he was transferring, 'Story's far from over'

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts insists that he hasn't thought of his future beyond Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal game against Oklahoma, even as rumors swirl that he will transfer following the season.

"My story's far from over," Hurts said Thursday. "That's something that people said. Not me. Who said it was over?"

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Nick Saban: Bowl games would 'disintegrate' by expanding playoff

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Alabama coach Nick Saban remains steadfastly opposed to expanding the College Football Playoff.

Saban, who reminded everyone that he wasn't in favor of going from two to four teams, said he feels expanding the field leads to an undercutting of the "self-gratification" for players that comes with going to bowl games not associated with the national championship.

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