Oklahoma was the hard choice.
Hurts replaced an injured Tagovailoa during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game to rally back from a 28-21 deficit and defeat the Bulldogs, 35-28, to win the SEC Championship. "They've done great things for our program". Tagovailoa, who threw 37 touchdowns and just four interceptions, didn't finish almost as strong, throwing two interceptions in Saturday's SEC Championship game victory over Georgia and suffering a high right ankle sprain.
"The one-loss conference champion carried the day", CFP selection chairman Rob Mullens said on the televised announcement of the pairings.
Murray might have the edge over Tua given his recent events and the Alabama star's injury, but it's expected to be an excitingly close race.
Hurts will likely still be playing high-major college football in 2019, though it likely won't be at Alabama.
The Sooners had to wait and sweat out the official word. "We had a couple drops that were big plays, so we've just got to play better".
Johnnie Dixon had seven catches for 129 yards and a score, and Indianapolis native Terry McLaurin had two touchdown receptions.
Quarterback Kyler Murray, who leads the country in total offense, points responsible for, passing efficiency rating and yards per pass attempt, took a sizable step toward realizing a childhood dream when he was named a finalist for the 2018 Heisman Trophy on Monday evening.
Alabama and Georgia are set to kick off at 4 p.m. E.T. The game is on CBS. "He's turned into a really, really efficient passer who has good skill guys to make good plays to go along with the rest of their weapons".
Oklahoma: 20th appearance in the Orange Bowl, 52nd bowl game overall.