Thu, Dec 31, 2015
Sun Life Stadium (76,100)
Miami Gardens FL
|3:00 PM CT
11-1, 8-1 B12
13-0, 8-0 ACC
It's Big Game Bob against the defense run by his former protege, Brent Venables. It's a rematch of last season's Russell Athletic Bowl disaster. It's the first of today's playoff semifinals, and here's all the pertinent facts.
The game: The fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners meet the number one Clemson Tigers in the Capital One Orange Bowl. It's the fourth meeting between the two schools; Oklahoma won a pair of games in Norman in 1963 and 1972, while Clemson was victorious in the 1989 Citrus Bowl and last year's Russell Athletic Bowl. This will be Clemson's sixth Orange Bowl trip. They have won three of those; one of the two losses, of course, was the 70-33 obliteration they suffered at the hands of West Virginia in the Mountaineer's final football game before joining the Big 12. It's Oklahoma's 20th Orange Bowl, where they have a record of 12-7. The Sooners have been to, and won, the Orange Bowl more than any other school. Four of those 12 Orange Bowl wins resulted in national championships for Oklahoma. Their last trip to the Orange, however, was a 55-19 loss to USC in 2005.
Odds: Despite being the lower seed, Oklahoma is a 3.5 point favorite. The total is set at 64, so Vegas is looking for a 34-30 Sooner victory. No word on the over/under for total performances of Boomer Sooner, but it's probably higher than 64.
Television: ESPN at 3pm CT with Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe.
Radio: ESPN Radio affiliates, with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Joe Schad. This feed will also be carried on Sirius 80/XM 80. In Oklahoma, the Sooner Sports Network will carry the Sooner broadcast, featuring Toby Rowland, Merv Johnson, Chris Plank, and Teddy Lehman.