Clemson vs. Oklahoma: The No. 1 Clemson Tigers will take on the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners in Miami on Dec. 31, with the winner of the Orange Bowl earning a spot in the College Football Playoff championship game. The Tigers (13-0, 8-0 ACC) are looking for their fourth straight bowl will in their 38th postseason appearance overall. Clemson is the lone undefeated team in college football and is riding a 16-game winning streak dating back to last year. Last time out, the Tigers downed the North Carolina Tar Heels, 45-37, in the ACC title game. Clemson took a 21-16 lead right before halftime and had control up until the very end when a questionable call on a North Carolina onside kick went the Tigers’ way and sealed the vicotory. Deshaun Watson led the Tigers with 420 of the team’s title game record 608 total yards of offense and accounted for five touchdowns.
It was the ninth consecutive game that Clemson had topped the 500-yard mark in total offense. Wayne Gallman complemented Watson in the backfield with 255 total yards and two touchdowns. Artavis Scott led the Tigers receving crops with seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Clemson has appeared in a bowl game in 11 straight years and eight straight under Dabo Swinney. The Sooners (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) are in the postseason for the 17th straight season, all under head coach Bob Stoops. Oklahoma is riding a seven-game winning streak, including its 58-23 blowout of Oklahoma State in the Bedlam Series. The Sooners took back the lead late in the first quarter on Semaje Perine’s 68-yard touchdown run to make it 14-10 and Oklahoma wouldn’t stop there as it outscored Oklahoma State 44-13 in the final three quarters. Baker Mayfield played perfect football, accounting for 257 total yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Perine and Joe Mixon combined to steamroll the Cowboys’ front seven. The Sooners dynamic duo ran for 267 yards and recorded two touchdowns each to propel the Oklahoma offense. Oklahoma is making its 19th Orange Bowl appearance, more than any other school (Nebraska is next with 17). OU’s 12 Orange Bowl wins are also more than any other program (Nebraska ranks second with eight victories). The 2015 Orange Bowl will mark the fifth meeting between Clemson and Oklahoma. The series is currently tied at two apiece as the Tigers won the last year’s matchup 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Below is everything you need to know about the matchup, including the Orange Bowl live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction.
Orange Bowl Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information
Venue: Sun Life Stadium
Date: Thursday, December 31
Kickoff Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
National TV: ESPN
Orange Bowl Live Stream Here: Watch ESPN, No Radio Stream Available
It’ll take a little bit to get rolling, and both defenses will come up with big moments with the pass rush, but the quarterbacks will each get red hot in a second half full of unstoppable drives and big plays. Oklahoma’s running game will be a little bit stronger to get control as the game goes on, and the Sooner D will do its part with a few key interceptions deep in its own territory. It’ll be a thriller – both teams will end up looking terrific, even with Clemson suffering a painful loss.
For the final score prediction, check out our Orange Bowl preview.
The Sooners are 5-0 against AP-ranked opponents this year. OU has more wins without a loss against AP-ranked foes than any team in the country.
Clemson is looking to become the eighth team in FBS history to win 14 games in a season.
This marks Oklahoma’s 49th bowl appearance. OU’s .594 bowl winning percentage (28-19-1) is fourth best among the 15 teams with at least 40 bowl appearances.
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