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The highest-graded players from Alabama's victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl

Dec 29, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) reacts after winning MVP after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners during the 2018 Orange Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

This highest-graded players recap is brought to you by Eckrich, the Official Smoked Sausage of the College Football Playoff.

[Editor's Note: While we grade every player on every game, to qualify for an overall game grade for this recap's purpose, a player must have played at least 20 snaps to be considered a full-time contributor to the game.]

Top 5

Alabama offense

Tua Tagovailoa, QB – 90.6 overall grade
Josh Jacobs, RB – 86.9 overall grade
Irv Smith Jr., TE – 80.4 overall grade
DeVonta Smith, WR – 74.7 overall grade
Henry Ruggs III, WR – 73.8 overall grade

Alabama defense

Quinnen Williams, DI – 81.8 overall grade
Saivion Smith, CB – 72.8 overall grade
Xavier McKinney, S – 72.1 overall grade
Phidarian Mathis, DI – 69.1 overall grade
Deionte Thompson, S – 62.4 overall grade

Oklahoma offense

Kyler Murray, QB – 81.5 overall grade
Charleston Rambo, WR – 80.0 overall grade
Ceedee Lamb, WR – 76.5 overall grade
Carson Meier, FB – 74.3 overall grade
Kennedy Brooks, RB – 64.7 overall grade

Oklahoma defense

Caleb Kelly, LB – 67.3 overall grade
Kenneth Mann, Edge – 65.5 overall grade
Neville Gallimore, DI – 64.6 overall grade
Amani Bledsoe, DI – 63.3 overall grade
Tre Brown, CB – 62.5 overall grade

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