NORMAN, Okla., Sporting Alert – The College Football Playoff Semi-final fields are now set, following Saturday’s championship games.
No. 1 Clemson will take on No. 4 Oklahoma in Orange Bowl, while No. 2 Alabama battles with No. 3 Michigan State in Cotton Bowl on December 31.
The Tigers (13-0) wrapped up its season on Saturday with a 45-37 victory over No. 10 North Carolina to secure the ACC Championship.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson was the star man for in the win, throwing for 289 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for another 131 yards and a score for Clemson.
Oklahoma (11-1) was inactive at the weekend, having already covered its fixtures a week early with the Big 12 not having a championship game, and they slipped one spot to No. 4, but secured a place in the CFP playoff.
The Sooners, who recovered impressively since losing to Texas early in the season, were No. 3 in last week’s college football playoff rankings.
This clash between Clemson and Oklahoma is a rematch of last term’s Russell Athletic Bowl, which was dominated by the Tigers, who routed the Sooners 40-6 to close out its season 10-3.
In the battle for Cotton Bowl, Alabama, the only returning team from last year’s playoffs, will look to rebound from last year’s defeat to Ohio State at the Sugar Bowl when they face-off against a very talented Michigan State side.
This clash will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and will be the second matchup between these two highlighted programs.
The only previous meeting between the Crimson Tide (12-1) and the Spartans (12-1) was in the 2010 Capital One Bowl when Alabama defeated Michigan State, 49-7.
“We know what kind of physical, tough teams they have at Michigan State, and it will be a real challenge for our team,” said Bama head coach Nick Saban about the New Year’s Eve matchup with the Big Ten champion.
The Spartans edged the previously undefeated and No. 5 Iowa 16-13 with a stunning late score to win the Big Ten Championship on Saturday.
College Football Playoff Semi-finals
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Clemson v Oklahoma – Orange Bowl
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Alabama v Michigan State – Cotton Bowl
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