No. 2 Alabama dominated No. 3 Michigan State in a College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night, crushing the Spartans in a 38-0 victory.
The defense put together another masterful performance, the offense surprised by riding the arm of Jake Coker instead of the legs of Derrick Henry, and Cyrus Jones added a highlight-reel punt return touchdown.
Here’s a look at some of the reaction on Twitter after the Crimson Tide made a statement against the Spartans and earned a spot in the national title game Jan. 11 against No. 1 Clemson.
Paul Finebaum didn’t mince words about Alabama’s effort:
One of the most impressive performances in Alabama football history. Simply amazing.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 1, 2016
This certainly looked true on Thursday night:
Said it on radio earlier this week: Bama's guys look like grown men compared to everybody else and it's noticable
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) January 1, 2016
The Crimson Tide also drilled Michigan State in the Citrus Bowl in 2011:
Alabama 87, Michigan State 7 in last two games. #RollTide
— Matt Hayes (@Matt_HayesSN) January 1, 2016
Nick Saban might say that he doesn’t enjoy facing former assistants, but his players sure do:
Nick Saban, still perfect (9-0) against his former assistants. All 9 wins have come by double digits. pic.twitter.com/qxuOADllhV
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 1, 2016
This tells part of the story of the Crimson Tide’s dominance:
Alabama won a semifinal game 38-0 while facing an average 3rd down distance of 10 yards and Derrick Henry averaging 3.8 yds/rush. Impressive
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) January 1, 2016
Alabama is on some kind of roll, and it has come against great competition:
Since its loss to OleMiss, #Alabama has faced 6 Top 20 teams and beat them by a combined score of 207-70.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 1, 2016
A lot of college football coaches are probably thinking the same thing:
New Year's resolutions: 1. Dress better 2. Don't schedule Alabama
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) January 1, 2016
Jerry Jones would wince if he saw this:
Alabama has now won more games in AT&T than the Cowboys this season.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 1, 2016
At least a lot of these Alabama players will be in the NFL next year, right? Oh, about that …
When Alabama sent their No. 2 offense into the game tonight, 8 former ESPN 300 recruits took the field. For real.
— Max Olson (@max_olson) January 1, 2016