The Orange Bowl was first with the Clemson Tigers taking out the Oklahoma Sooners with a strong defensive performance. The Sooners were taken off guard since they had not faced any team with a starting quarterback that was competitive. The Clemson defense was strong and shot down an aggressive Oklahoma run game. The Tigers will be a tough defensive challenge in the Championship game.
The Cotton Bowl showed promise as a more interesting game but the Alabama Crimson Tide won the first half and dominated the third quarter against the Michigan State Spartans. I didn't even stick around to see the fourth quarter of this route since Alabama wouldn't even let them score. I'm picking the Crimson Tide to take the Championship game but I have been underestimating Clemson all year so I hope that I'm wrong.
This ACC vs. SEC matchup contains the best two division in this league and the best two teams. I hope more that this turns out to be a competitive match and not so one sided. It will be interesting to see who takes home the trophy on Monday, January 11, 2016.
Happy New Year!