Alabama, Clemson again for title

Good news for Oklahoma Kyler Murray Marquise Brown go through practice Wednesday

The win over the No. 4 Sooners in Saturday night's Orange Bowl national semifinal puts Alabama into the national title game January 7 at 7 p.m.at Santa Clara, Calif.

At Orange Bowl Media Day, Williams started into his take on the Heisman Trophy victor, then abruptly stopped mid-sentence to avoid any bulletin board material in one of the strangest interview responses ever.

Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. When Robert Barnes tried to stop Josh Jacobs in the open field, the Alabama running back lowered his head for the collision and continued to the end zone for a 27-yard score while the Sooners safety spun to the turf, dazed and briefly unable to get up. "I think he wants to play football. It was fun. I mean, it was a heavy hitter just like we all expected", he said.

While Tagovailoa connected his first nine passes for 184 yards, Murray was sacked twice before he threw a pass, and his first completion came with his team already down 21-0. "We played against a good team today and we won, and I am really proud of our players".

Right now, National Football League teams are viewing Murray as a first-round selection. The last time that we overlooked Murray's ability to overcome obstacles, he finished with a Heisman in his hand. I think that's why we're recruiting the way we are and that's obviously I think one of the first places that you see it.

Or maybe he wanted to say something else entirely about Murray.

"Most definitely", junior linebacker Anfernee Jennings said about having a little extra motivation.

Asked to reflect on his time at OU, a teary eyed Murray said, "This place has been home to me".

Saturday night, Mullen and the Gators saw how far they have to go, how far everybody in the SEC has to go, how far everybody but Clemson has to go. In his 11th start, he will try to become the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national championship since Oklahoma's Jamelle Holieway in 1985.

"We've had some really good teams here the last four years, but I don't know that we've ever had a team, and I just told them that in the locker room, that has had the fight in them that this team has, and that's going to do wonders for our program". He's been a great leader, been a spark plug for us all year. They're not what we shoot for.

Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns as the Crimson Tide held off Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl. But when you look at it, we're both competitors. Offensive coordinator Cale Gundy didn't even know Murray was sick until he got into the auto that took the Sooners to the interview site and realized his Heisman victor wasn't along for the ride. I think he's done a tremendous job with the offense; Lincoln Riley's done a tremendous job as well. "We'll probably finish in the top-three here again".

Williams was answering media questions on Thursday ahead of Saturday's College Football Playoff game against Oklahoma.

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