The wait is over. After 26 straight days of no games, Alabama returns to action today against Michigan State in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff.
A win gets the Crimson Tide into the national championship game. A loss abruptly ends their season and sends them home. It’s a big day, Alabama fans. Let’s see what the Crimson Tide has been up to during these final days of 2015.
Here are 11 things to know:
- Thoughts are fully focused on the Cotton Bowl (rightfully so), but take a minute to read up on some potential future Crimson Tide players. SEC Country caught up with several ‘Bama targets at the Under Armour All-America Game.
- The College Football Playoff is only in its second year. Many have wondered what an eight-team field would look like, but Nick Saban and Mark Dantonio aren’t for it.
- The nation’s top offensive lineman is impressed with both Alabama and UGA.
- Alabama quarterback Jake Coker could be either an asset or a crutch for the Crimson Tide in the Cotton Bowl. SEC Country caught up with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit to get his thoughts.
- Herbstreit also shared his thoughts on Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, who’s regarded as one of the nation’s best, but Herbstreit thinks he’ll have to have a massive day to beat Alabama.
- Four-star tight end Jacob Mathis has three SEC schools, including Alabama, in his recruiting mix.
- Alabama will play without defensive back Tony Brown in the Cotton Bowl. Brown has been sent home for violating team rules.
- If you’re not Texas-bound for the game, here’s the best way to tune in anywhere else.
- If Coker can hang with Cook, and then lead ‘Bama to a national title, he’ll go down as an Alabama hero for years to come.
- The nation’s No. 2 player chose Ole Miss over Alabama. Here’s why.
- Saban isn’t always the best loser. In the event that Alabama loses to Michigan State, fans might not want to hear from him.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- Is the College Football Playoff a bad thing for coaches who have strong seasons but don’t make the four-team field? Maybe. ESPN’s Dan Murphy shared Saban’s thoughts.
- The Alabama football team took some time away from the field to spend time at the Dallas Children’s Hospital. One 13-year-old was particularly excited, AL.com’s Kelsey Stein wrote.
- Just a day prior to being sent home, Tony Brown was talking about the improvements he hopes to make in 2016, Stein wrote.
- AL.com’s Michael Casagrande took a look at how Alabama and Michigan State match up statistically.
- Check out the game’s preview from the Detroit Free Press’ Joe Rexrode.