If Alabama emerges victorious tonight, players know who they’ll face in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The No. 1 Clemson Tigers advanced to the national championship with a 37-17 win over No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. The Tigers will await the winner of Cotton Bowl opponents Alabama and Michigan State in the title game in Glendale, Ariz on Jan. 11.
The first half was mostly controlled by Oklahoma, who led 17-16 at halftime. In the second half, it was all Tigers as they scored 21 unanswered points in the second half to pull away.
Clemson quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson wasn’t spectacular on New Year’s Eve, but he was good enough to send his team into 2016 with a victory. Watson completed 16 of 31 passes for 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Watson’s impact came more on the ground as he ran 24 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. Tailback Wayne Gallman was Clemson’s most important player on Thursday night, carrying the ball 26 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
The Crimson Tide could have their hands full with the Spartans in Arlington, Texas, but the greatest challenge could lie ahead if they get past Michigan State. The undefeated Tigers proved they were for real with a dominant second half effort.