2018 Orange Bowl Central: Oklahoma vs. Alabama

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray sets back to pass during an NCAA college football practice Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, in Davie, Fla. Oklahoma plays Alabama in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Coach Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma face Alabama in the 2018 College Football Playoff semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 29.

The Sooners are competing in their third College Football Playoff in four years and trying to win for the first time in the postseason format.

FOX 25 sports director Myron Patton and sports reporter Sam Gannon are in Miami Gardens with sights and sounds from the Orange Bowl.

Dec. 28 live report at 5 p.m.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley and Alabama coach Nick Saban take center stage with Friday's press conference.

Patton and Gannon also spoke with Alabama defensive coordinator, Pete Golding, who's been linked to Oklahoma's vacancy at defensive coordinator.

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Josh Jacobs ready to prove himself vs. Oklahoma

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs is from Oklahoma, but he passed up an offer from the Sooners to play for the Tide.

Despite the Crimson Tide's success, Jacobs still carries a chip on his shoulder heading into Saturday's match-up.

Lincoln Riley optimistic about Kyler Murray's future

Riley is confident quarterback Kyler Murray will succeed, no matter what sport he chooses.

The Heisman Trophy winner was one of the top picks in the 2018 MLB Draft. Murray has a big decision awaiting him this offseason — stick with his lucrative baseball contract or try to pursue the NFL.

Riley seems adamant Murray will do just fine no matter what path he takes.

Chris Fowler believes OU's defense can shock the world

ESPN's Chris Fowler will call the action between Oklahoma and Alabama.

Fowler knows both teams have big strengths — but the glaring weak link between both teams is Oklahoma's defense.

Fowler wouldn't be shocked, however, if the Sooners' defense surprises some fans on Saturday.

Health updates from Miami

The injury status of Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa have been two of the biggest talking points heading into the Orange Bowl.

Gannon and Patton caught up with both of them to see how they're feeling heading into Saturday.

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