Happy New Year, Alabama fans! The Crimson Tide sure did end 2015 on a positive note — a 38-0 drubbing against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.
Alabama now advances to the national championship game against Clemson on Jan. 11, and the Crimson Tide will be looking to open 2016 the same way they ended 2015. Start your new year off with some new stories about your favorite team.
Here are 16 things to know:
- First things first, ‘Bama had zero issues with Michigan State, shutting the Spartans out 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl.
- Nick Saban is one proud coach — so much so that he danced with his team.
- Check out how Twitter reacted to the clinic the Crimson Tide put on.
- Jake Coker and Cyrus Jones received offensive and defensive player of the game honors.
- Jones added a highlight-reel 57-yard punt return for a touchdown.
- Saban was excited after the game, but not really smiling — his work is not yet done.
- It’s certainly been a dominant year for freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley. On Thursday, it got even better when he broke one of Amari Cooper’s records.
- Kenyan Drake is back in action and he wasted no time trying to get the refs on his side Thursday.
- Derrick Henry is now the SEC’s leader for rushing touchdowns in a season.
- Henry also now has 2,000 rushing yards to his name this season.
- Saban dismissed Tony Brown before the Cotton Bowl for a violation of team rules. According to a report, Brown started a fight in practice.
- Fresno State has hired Alabama’s Eric Kiesau to be its next offensive coordinator.
- In case you missed it — you probably didn’t — Clemson beat Oklahoma in the other College Football Playoff semifinal.
- The nation’s best player has a top 5 list. Three of his schools are from the SEC.
- The nation’s No. 5 defensive end is interested in ‘Bama. He’s not alone, so is one of the nation’s top linebackers.
- The nation’s top inside linebacker is still torn between UGA and Alabama, but UGA seems to have the edge.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- Alabama is favored to beat Clemson by a touchdown, ESPN’s David Purdum wrote.
- On the flip side, here are five reasons why Clemson could come out the victor, Fox Sports wrote.
- AL.com’s Kevin Scarbinsky has the quick hits from Alabama’s rout of Michigan State.