Final 4 Playoffs: Orange Bowl Game Preview

By EFN Staff
Published: 12/31/2015

Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) vs. Clemson Tigers (13-0)

Bowl Game: Capital One Orange Bowl
Kickoff Time: December 31, 4:00 PM
Location: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

Both No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 1 Clemson will make their College Football Playoff debuts in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The Sooners rebounded from an early-season loss against rival Texas, surging to the finish to earn the playoff’s fourth seed, while Clemson comes in as the only undefeated team in the FBS thanks largely to the play of Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson.

Players to watch

  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has thrown for 3,389 yards and 35 touchdowns against only five interceptions this season.
  • Watson finished third in the Heisman voting after compiling 4,399 yards of total offense and 41 touchdowns.

Key Stats

  • Clemson has defeated Oklahoma twice in bowl games, a 13-6 win in the 1989 Citrus Bowl and a 40-6 victory in the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl.
  • The Tigers allowed opponents to complete only 46.1 percent of their passes, ranking first in the FBS in that category.
  • Oklahoma ranks third in the FBS in scoring offense, averaging 45.8 points per game, and leads the nation on scoring margin (plus-25).
  • The Sooners were plus-10 in turnover margin this season, while Clemson was minus-2.
  • Clemson is the only FBS team to have defeated four 10-win teams this season, having knocked off Florida State, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Appalachian State.
  • Opponents are converting only 24.9 percent of third downs against the Tigers.
  • Oklahoma running backs Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon average 6.1 and 6.8 yards per carry, respectively.