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Stakes much higher when Clemson-Oklahoma meet again

By The Associated Press

No. 1 Clemson meets No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 31, one of the two semifinal matchups in this season's College Football Playoff and a rematch of a bowl game from last season.

Only this time, the stakes will be a bit higher. Way higher, actually.

The Tigers are well-versed in how to get around Sun Life Stadium, and embarrassed Miami 58-0 earlier this season on the same field they'll see for the bowl game.

Oklahoma will be in the Orange for the 19th time, the most of any school. The Sooners were thought to be doomed by a midseason loss to Texas, but have won seven straight by a combined score of 364-136 to get into the CFP mix.

Clemson beat Oklahoma 40-6 in last season's Russell Athletic Bowl.

The winner of this game meets either Alabama or Michigan State for the CFP national championship.

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