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Highlight reel for Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl performance is a treat

Highlight reel for Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl performance is a treat

Last year's game with Alabama was an instant classic and it'd be a safe bet to say this one will likely be another memorabele one for college football fans. "The only losses he had are a loss in the national championship game where he played great", Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday.

Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen and Ross Pierschbacaher talked about the heated play late in Saturday's 24-7 Alabama win over Washington in the College Football Playoff semifinal win at the Georgia Dome.

Alabama has won 26 consecutive games, including beating Clemson last January to claim its fourth national championship since 2009.

Still, it's not totally unprecedented. In those games Swinney's teams beat Urban Meyer's Ohio State Buckeyes twice, Bob Stoops' Oklahoma Sooners twice and LSU's Les Miles - all National Championship winning coaches.

"That's just the type of person I am", Watson said Wednesday. "So I hope this year, we play right and they're going to get a taste of the real Bama".

Hurts was just 7 of 14 for 57 yards in a conservative game plan against Washington, while running back Bo Scarbrough did the heavy lifting with 180 rushing yards.

Check back as I continue to track these and new items as they emerge from the field. Lane Kiffin won't be calling the plays Monday night, handing the play card (but hopefully not a six-pack) over to the other former USC coach on Saban's staff, Steve Sakisian.

Wisconsin's Cotton Bowl win denies Western Michigan an unbeaten season
The Broncos made their living this season on turnover margin, and in the end, it was one of their turnovers that ruined the day. Wisconsin worked its way into WMU territory on the ensuing drive, but was held to a field goal, making it 17-7 at halftime.

Surely those who bet on the Crimson Tide will be disappointed. In short: ACC teams played hard bowl opponents and still won. That just means Alabama will have to grind it out, perhaps Saban's favorite way to win. There's a similar explosiveness to this Clemson offense (we saw it against Ohio State), but the Tide are more methodical this year. Now, Watson faces a defense loaded with future National Football League players in the Tide, a group that is better still than the one he torched for 305 yards and four scores in last year's battle.

The Alabama offense will have plenty to contend with Monday against Dabo Swinney's Tigers.

On Scarbrough's 18-yard touchdown run to tie the game in the first quarter, four Huskies couldn't bring him down.

Still, Alabama has been relentless in pressuring the quarterback this season. Hard to call that a disappointment, but Ohio State's issues on the offensive line and limitations in the passing game were badly exposed by a Clemson defensive line that features a bunch of future National Football League players.

Washington knew what was coming and couldn't do anything about it. He does a really good job of executing for his team. I don't deserve credit for going out on a limb, but there's also no way I'm changing now. "I walked into some sacks and have to be better with the ball". I'm not sure Deshaun Watson can replicate his insane stat line from last season, but he'll do enough to be named MVP and make everyone question their Heisman vote, too. We could have been the first team to ever go 15-0 (in FBS play) and they took that away.

"It won't be a shell shock or a shock when we step on the field", Watson said.


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