Orange Bowl at a glance
No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 1 Clemson
3 p.m. today, ESPN
Records: Oklahoma 11-1, 8-1 Big 12; Clemson 13-0, 8-0 ACC
The line: Oklahoma by 3 ½
What’s at stake
Clemson is seeking its first national title since 1981 and trying to become the first team in FBS history to finish 15-0. None of that happens unless the Tigers can get past Oklahoma, a team they routed 40-6 last season in the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Sooners are perhaps the hottest team in the country — averaging 52 points over their past seven games.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield
A former walk-on, the swaggering transfer from Texas Tech won the starting job after sitting out a season and turned in some staggering numbers: 68.6 completions, 3,389 yards, 35 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He reminds some of former Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel.
FACTS & FIGURES
• Clemson suspended three players for violating team rules, including speedy WR Deon Cain, who led the team with an average of 17.1 yards per catch.
• Dabo Swinney went 19-15 in his first three seasons as Clemson’s coach, but he’s 55-11 since then.
• The Sooners have won seven Associated Press national championships, the most recent in 2000.