Oklahoma Sooners touch down in Miami for Orange Bowl

Oklahoma set to get right to work after preparing for humidity back in Norman.

Oklahoma landed in Miami on Saturday afternoon in preparation for the Sooners’ Orange Bowl matchup against Clemson on New Year’s Eve.

There will be plenty of time to prepare, but the Sooners have already been working on two things they’ll see Thursday night – the Tigers and the humidity.

“We’ve been practicing, trying to get ready for it,” Oklahoma linebacker Dominique Alexander said to the gathered media. “Changing the temperature and just making it hotter so we can be ready for that hot weather.”

The local temperature in Miami was above 80 degrees when they landed at the airport.

The expected temperature for kickoff should be in the upper-70s. In preparation, Oklahoma turned up the thermostat in the Everest Training facility as high as it would go.

“It should help us out,” Oklahoma receiver Sterling Shepard said. “Indoor was getting a little stuffy. They didn’t let us open the doors. I got off the plane and felt this heat and it was pretty similar to what we were practicing in, so I think it was good.”

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said the players gathering at the hotel before a team meeting and lunch. The No. 3 Sooners will practice around 5 p.m. EST.

“We’re proud to be a part of something like this,” Alexander said. “It’s big for our program. It’s a big opportunity for to have a chance to play for the national championship. That’s what we work for each and every year. I’m just glad our hard work is paying off.”

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