The Michigan State Spartans (12-1) and the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) will kick off shortly in the second national semifinal. They’ll kick off at 8 pm on ESPN from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The winner of this game will face the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship on January 11th. This game will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The Spartans will defeat the Crimson Tide, 27-20. This is according to our whatifsports.com simulation.
If this does happen, it’ll be the third straight year that the Crimson Tide lost its bowl game. It’ll also mean that Alabama hasn’t won a national championship in five years.
According to this simulation, the Spartans will face the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship. They’ll play Jan. 11th at 8:30 pm on ESPN from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
The Crimson Tide had the ball for 30 minutes and 39 seconds. The Spartans had the rock for 29 minutes and 21 seconds.
Yet, Michigan State out gained Alabama 465 to 399.
Spartans signal caller Connor Cook went 19-of-35 for 297 yards and a touchdown. Alabama used two quarterbacks, as Jake Coker went 22-of-39 for 293 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Cooper Bateman, who has split time with Coker earlier in the season, went 5-of-7 for 43 yards and a touchdown.
Heisman winner Derrick Henry had 59 rushing yards, while Damien Harris had 12-yards. Coker had -8-yards.
Richard Mullaney had 79 receiving yards, while Calvin Ridley added 65-yards and ArDarius Stewart had 54-yards and a touchdown. D.J. Howard had 52-yards and Ty Flournoy-Smith added 32-yards. Cam Sims had 22-yards and a touchdown while Henry had 22-yards and Dakota Bell had 10-yards.
The Spartans were led in rushing by LJ Scott with 110-yards and a touchdown. Madre London added 45-yards and a touchdown while Cook had 9-yards and Gerald Holmes had 4-yards.
R.J. Shelton had 86 reviving yards while Macgarrett Kings Jr. had 70-yards and DeAnthony Arrett had 57-yards. Aaron Burbridge had 49-yards and a touchdown, while Josiah Price had 26-yards and Holmes added 9-yards.
The Spartans defense had three sacks and an interception. RJ Williamson had the interception, while Shane Jones, Grayson Miller and Jon Reschke had a sack each.
Joshua Frazier at the lone sack for the Crimson Tide defense.
Michael Geiger had two second half field goals. He began the third with a 31-yard field goal to make it 24-3.
Then, added a 35-yarder to make it 27-20 in the fourth.
Alabama scored 17 points in the third quarter. Kicker Adrian Griffith made a 38-yard field goal to make it 24-6.
Bateman hit Stewart for a 7-yard touchdown reception. Then, Coker followed up with a 6-yard touchdown reception to Sims to make it 24-20.
But after the score was 14-3, London scored on a 15-yard run to increase the lead to 21-3.
Griffith made a 25-yard field goal to make it 14-3.
The Spartans jumped out to an early 14-0 lead. Scott made it 14-0 following a 9-yard run.
Burbridge caught a 12-yard touchdown reception to make it 7-0.
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