Oklahoma gets in...Tagovailoa to have surgery...Hunt comments on assault
UNDATED (AP) — Oklahoma is in the College Football Playoff, moving into the fourth and final spot in the rankings after winning the Big 12 championship. The Sooners, with a 12-and-1 record, will face Nunber-1 Alabama, at 13-and-0, in the Orange Bowl on December 29. Number-2 Clemson plays No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl on the same day. Both are unbeaten.
UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press poll voters have put Oklahoma at Number 4 in the final regular-season Top 25, behind Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame. Georgia dropped from fourth to sixth, behind Ohio State, after the Bulldogs lost the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Crimson Tide. The Sooners and Buckeyes won their league championship games.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will have surgery on his right ankle and recovery is expected to take about two weeks. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tells ESPN that Tagovailoa has a high ankle sprain and will have it scoped. He says recovery time for most of his players for this procedure has typically been “a two-week deal.” Saban is hoping Tagovailoa will be back by the time Alabama starts practice for the Orange Bowl semifinal game against Oklahoma.
GREEN BAY, Wisc. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are trying to keep their fading playoff hopes alive on a snowy Sunday in Green Bay against Arizona and rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. The Packers have lost four of their past five games, all on the road, and trail Chicago and Minnesota in the NFC North. Green Bay has three of its final five games at home. The Packers haven’t lost at Lambeau Field, with all four of its wins and a tie.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Running back Kareem Hunt has acknowledged lying to the Kansas City Chiefs about his role in a February assault in a Cleveland hotel that ultimately led to his release this week. During a live interview with ESPN, the NFL’s reigning rushing champion also said that league officials never spoke to him about the incident while conducting their own investigation.