Your questions have finally been answered.
The final College Football Playoff rankings were released Sunday, and Alabama stayed at No. 2. The Crimson Tide will now turn their sights toward preparing for Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl. It’s going to be a busy and exciting next few weeks, so don’t miss a beat.
Here are seven things to know:
- Guess what? After the Crimson Tide got their playoff berth, they also quickly became the favorite to beat Michigan State. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in Texas.
- Michigan State is probably the best opponent Alabama could have been dealt in terms of being able to advance to the title game.
- Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have all the momentum in the world right now. It doesn’t matter.
- One of the country’s four-star wide receivers has Alabama in his top 10.
- Despite their dominant SEC championship performance, Alabama still couldn’t pass Clemson and earn the No. 1 spot in the Playoff rankings. The same went for the AP poll.
- Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will be splitting time between Alabama and UGA. Find out how. Here’s more on Smart’s hire and what Saban said about Smart now that it’s official.
- Florida coach Jim McElwain has his eye on Alabama’s kicker commit.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- Dexter Lawrence, the nation’s No. 3 prospect, was on an official visit to Alabama this weekend, AL.com’s Drew Champlin wrote.
- This Alabama commit danced into the end zone effortlessly on an impressive touchdown run. Check it out, also from Champlin.
- One more from Champlin: How does Kirby Smart leaving for UGA affect recruiting? Listen to the podcast.
- Some have wondered what it would be like if the College Football Playoff expanded to eight teams. In terms of primetime matchups, this year would have been the perfect guinea pig year, USA Today’s Laken Litman wrote.
The best stories around the SEC
- Check out the top five storylines you need to know for the College Football Playoff.
- It’s official. Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is the new coach at South Carolina.
- A big-time quarterback prospect could see his father take a role on Muschamp’s staff, according to a report.
- It’s also possible that Muschamp could bring in his former offensive coordinator from when he was at Florida.
- Between Florida, Florida State and now Miami with Mark Richt, could Florida become a powerhouse college football state again?