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Capital One Orange Bowl - Oklahoma Sooners vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

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If opposites attract the Capital One Orange Bowl should be quite a draw as the high-flying Oklahoma Sooners will face the more complete and sound Alabama Crimson Tide. The matchup of OU and Bama is one of the two college football playoff matchups for December 29. Alabama is the greatest program in the sport with a total of five national championships since 2009. The Oklahoma Sooners are a blue blood program like the Tide but have not won a national championship since 2000 although they are a regular in the major bowl scene nearly every year. Last year Alabama won the national championship over a Georgia team that beat OU in the college football playoff.

2018 Capital One Orange Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 29, 2018

Time: 8 p.m ET

Venue: Hard Rock Stadium

Location: Miami, Florida

Teams: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Alabama Crimson Tide


Oklahoma has a record of 12-1 and is coming off a revenge win over Texas in the Big 12 championship game. Led by superstar first year starting quarterback Kyler Murray the Sooners ranked as the top-rated offense and scoring team in the country. But balanced against that was a defense that ranked 108th overall and 96th for points allowed. Head coach Lincoln Riley is considered one of the great young offensive minds in the game.

Alabama is a perfect 13-0 and is coming off a stirring 35-28 comeback in over Georgia in the SEC championship game. The Tide also has a dynamic high profile first year starting quarterback in Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench to lead Bama to a second half comeback rally and win in the national championship game over Georgia last January. The Tide is dominant on both sides of the line with ranks of second for scoring offense and fourth for points allowed.

2018 Capital One Orange Bowl Betting News

The second of the two College Football Playoff semifinal games takes place on Saturday night in Miami, as the Oklahoma Sooners take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl on ESPN. Both teams have explosive offenses, so this figures to be a high scoring contest. The Sooners averaged 49.5 points per game to lead the country, while Alabama was 2nd at 47.9 points per game. Let’s look at this game that can be seen on ESPN and live betting at BookMaker.eu. More

2018 Capital One Orange Bowl - Oklahoma Sooners vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Alabama Crimson Tide will begin its quest to win another national championship with a semifinal matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners. Even though Alabama almost lost to Georgia in the SEC championship game, that isn’t making the oddsmakers doubt them much in this one. Alabama has been the best team in the country all year and will be a substantial favorite to capture this matchup and advance to the national title game. The Sooners barely beat out Georgia and Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff and are hoping to prove the committee made a good decision. More

Capital One Orange Bowl Format

The Orange Bowl is one of the great traditional bowl games that has been played every year in Miami since 1935. The game is played at the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and college football’s Miami Hurricanes.

Capital One Orange Bowl Game Results

2017 Wisconsin Miami, Fla.
2016 Florida State Michigan
2015 Clemson Oklahoma
2014 Georgia Tech Mississippi State
2013 Clemson Ohio State
2012 Florida State Northern Illinois
2011 West Virginia Clemson
2010 Stanford Virginia Tech
2009 Iowa Georgia Tech
2008 Virginia Tech Cincinnati
2007 Kansas Virginia Tech
2006 Louisville Wake Forest
2005 Penn State Florida State
2004 USC Oklahoma
2003 Miami, Fla. Florida State
2002 USC Iowa
2001 Florida Maryland
2000 Oklahoma Florida State
1999 Michigan Alabama
1998 Florida Syracuse
1997 Nebraska Tennessee
1996 Nebraska Virginia Tech
1995 Florida State Notre Dame
1994 Nebraska Miami, Fla.
1993 Florida State Nebraska
1992 Florida State Nebraska
1991 Miami, Fla. Nebraska
1990 Colorado Notre Dame
1989 Notre Dame Colorado
1988 Miami, Fla. Nebraska
1987 Miami, Fla. Oklahoma
1986 Oklahoma Arkansas
1985 Oklahoma Penn State
1984 Washington Oklahoma
1983 Miami, Fla. Nebraska
1982 Nebraska LSU
1981 Clemson Nebraska
1980 Oklahoma Florida State
1979 Oklahoma Florida State
1978 Oklahoma Nebraska
1977 Arkansas Oklahoma
1976 Ohio State Colorado
1975 Oklahoma Michigan
1974 Notre Dame Alabama
1973 Penn State LSU
1972 Nebraska Notre Dame
1971 Nebraska Alabama
1970 Nebraska LSU
1969 Penn State Missouri
1968 Penn State Kansas
1967 Oklahoma Tennessee
1966 Florida Georgia Tech
1965 Alabama Nebraska
1964 Texas Alabama
1963 Nebraska Auburn
1962 Alabama Oklahoma
1961 LSU Colorado
1960 Missouri Navy
1959 Georgia Missouri
1958 Oklahoma Syracuse
1957 Oklahoma Duke
1956 Colorado Clemson
1955 Oklahoma Maryland
1954 Duke Nebraska
1953 Oklahoma Maryland
1952 Alabama Syracuse
1951 Georgia Tech Baylor
1950 Clemson Miami, Fla.
1949 Santa Clara Kentucky
1948 Texas Georgia
1947 Georgia Tech Kansas
1946 Rice Tennessee
1945 Miami, Fla. Holy Cross
1944 Tulsa Georgia Tech
1943 LSU Texas AM
1942 Alabama Boston College
1941 Georgia TCU
1940 Mississippi State Georgetown
1939 Georgia Tech Missouri
1938 Tennessee Oklahoma
1937 Auburn Michigan State
1936 Duquesne Mississippi State
1935 Catholic Mississippi
1934 Bucknell Miami, Fla.

The first of the college bowl games to be played at night, the Orange Bowl has either started or finished at night each year beginning with the January 1, 1965 game. After playing on January 1 or later every year but one since its inception through the 2013 season game, the Orange Bowl has become a late December contest since 2014. For the fifth straight year the game will take place before the New Year.

Starting with the 2006 season, the bowl has exclusivity with the ACC and has become known as the Home of the ACC Champion. The first game under the new agreement saw ACC champ Wake Forest, which beat Georgia Tech in the conference championship game, fall 24-13 to Louisville.

With ACC champ Clemson taking part in the CFP semifinals, Florida State was invited to play in the 2016 game. It was the Seminoles’ 10th appearance in the bowl and they evened their record by giving the ACC its fifth consecutive win. Despite the current winning streak, the conference still has a losing record in the game at 11-15.

The No. 1 ranked team in the country has played in the Orange Bowl 16 times during its history and has won the last seven outings. Clemson entered the 2015 game as the top-ranked team and defeated Oklahoma in a CFP semifinal game. The No. 1 team was taken down four times in a seven-year span from 1984 to 1990.

After nearly six decades at the Miami Orange Bowl Stadium, the game moved to its current location for the 1996 season playing. The 1999 game between Florida and Syracuse had to be moved back to its namesake with the NFL’s Dolphins hosting a playoff game on the same day.

Most All-Time Wins at Capital One Orange Bowl

12 Oklahoma 1953, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1967, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 2000
8 Nebraska 1963, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1982, 1994, 1996, 1997
6 Miami, Fla. 1945, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1991, 2003
5 Florida State 1992, 1993, 1995, 2012, 2016
4 Alabama 1942, 1952, 1962, 1965
4 Clemson 1950, 1981, 2013, 2015
4 Georgia Tech 1939, 1947, 1951, 2014
4 Penn State 1968, 1969, 1973, 2005

The Orange Bowl has seen plenty in its 84 years. On January 1, 1965, the contest between No. 1 ranked Alabama and No. 5 Texas was the first bowl game to be televised in primetime. NBC did the honors starting a tradition that has seen the game either start or finish at night every year since.

Given the games long-standing arrangement with the Big 8, that conference has made the most appearances, even though the league dissolved in 1996. Oklahoma holds the record for games and wins with 11 of the Sooners’ 12 victories and 16 of their 19 appearances coming as Big 8 members. OU has appeared three times as a member of the Big 12.

The hometown Miami Hurricanes have appeared in 10 Orange Bowls and were a regular in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. UM played five times in that stretch and faced Nebraska four times, winning three. The Cornhuskers appeared six times in the same span and played in four straight. However, they went just 1-5 and are 8-9 overall appearing in the second-most games.

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2018 - 2019 College Bowls Schedule

Dec 15 Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA MEAC vs SWAC
Dec 15 New Mexico Bowl Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, NM Mountain West vs C–USA
Dec 15 AutoNation Cure Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL AAC vs Sun Belt
Dec 15 Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV Pac-12 vs Mountain West
Dec 15 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL MAC vs Sun Belt
Dec 15 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA C–USA vs Sun Belt
Dec 18 Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowl FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL AAC / C–USA vs MAC
Dec 19 Frisco Bowl Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX AAC vs At Large
Dec 20 Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL AAC vs C–USA
Dec 21 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau, Bahamas C–USA vs MAC
Dec 21 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Albertsons Stadium, Boise, ID MAC vs Mountain West
Dec 22 Birmingham Bowl Legion Field, Birmingham, AL SEC vs AAC
Dec 22 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, TX Big 12 vs AAC
Dec 22 Dollar General Bowl Ladd–Peebles Stadium, Mobile, AL MAC vs Sun Belt
Dec 22 Hawaii Bowl Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI C–USA vs Mountain West
Dec 26 Servpro First Responder Bowl Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas, TX Big Ten vs C–USA
Dec 26 Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field, Detroit, MI Big Ten vs ACC
Dec 26 Cheez-It Bowl Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ Big 12 vs Pac-12
Dec 27 Walk-On's Independence Bowl Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA SEC vs ACC
Dec 27 New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY Big Ten vs ACC
Dec 27 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl NRG Stadium, Houston, TX Big 12 vs SEC
Dec 28 Frankiln American Mortage Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN SEC vs ACC / Big Ten
Dec 28 Camping World Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL Big 12 vs AAC
Dec 28 Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome, San Antonio, TX Big 12 vs Pac-12
Dec 28 San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl SDCCU Stadium, San Diego, CA Big Ten vs Pac-12
Dec 29 Capital One Orange Bowl Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL Semifinal Game
Dec 29 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX Semifinal Game
Dec 29 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA At-Large vs At-Large
Dec 29 Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC SEC vs ACC
Dec 29 Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium, Tucson, AZ Mountain West vs Sun Belt
Dec 31 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD ACC vs AAC
Dec 31 Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, TX Pac-12 vs ACC
Dec 31 Redbox Bowl Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Big Ten vs Pac-12
Dec 31 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN Big 12 vs SEC
Dec 31 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL SEC vs ACC / Big Ten
Jan 1 Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL Big Ten vs SEC
Jan 1 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl State Farm Stadium, Glendale, AZ At-Large vs At-Large
Jan 1 Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL Big Ten vs SEC
Jan 1 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA Big Ten vs. Pac-12
Jan 1 Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA Big 12 vs. SEC
Jan 7 CFP National Championship Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA Semifinal Winners

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