Orange Bowl 2018: Tide and Sooners have been here before

Orange Bowl 2018: Tide and Sooners have been here before
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said every team is a new challenge and the Crimson Tide is trying to maintain focus with everybody. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MIAMI, FL (WSFA) - The College Football Playoff scene is nothing new to the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide or the No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners.

Saturday's Orange Bowl appearance will be Alabama's fifth CFP appearance.

Yes, that is every year of the playoffs existence.

This is the Sooners third trip to the CFP semifinals.

While the Sooners have yet to make it past the semifinals in their previous two tries, Bama has advanced to the CFP National Championship Game every year but 2014. Alabama has won the College Football Playoff National Championship twice (2015 and 2017).

Is yet another trip becoming just part of the norm for Alabama?

"It's never the same ol' same ol'. You're always looking forward. You're trying to control what you can control. Every game, every team is a new challenge, our team and the team that you're competing against. You know, trying to maintain focus with everybody, not get distracted by a lot of external factors and noise out there," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban.

Oklahoma hopes 2018 will be the year the season does not come to a close in the semifinals.

"We know we're playing a great opponent just like we have here the first couple of times that we've been in these playoffs. That's what they're about. We've been really close. And certainly we want to finish the deal, but not for what's happened in the past, just for this team right now," said Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley.

Thursday marked media day for the Orange Bowl with the final coaches press conference set for Friday.

The Orange Bowl kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

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