Alabama vs. Michigan State: Cotton Bowl Live Stream, TV Info

    Alabama vs. Michigan State Cotton Bowl live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction. The No. 2 Crimson Tide will battle the No. 3 Spartans in North Texas on Dec. 31.

    December 29, 2015


    Everything you need to know about the Alabama vs. Michigan State Cotton Bowl live stream and TV broadcast, as well as game notes and prediction.


    The No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide will battle the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans in North Texas on Dec. 31, with the winner of the Cotton Bowl advancing to the College Football Playoff championship game.

    The Crimson Tide (12-1, 7-1 SEC) are participating in their ninth straight bowl game under Nick Saban and 63rd in school history. Alabama is looking to fair better in the CFP this year after falling to Ohio State, 42-35, in last year’s semifinal. The Tide finished off the regular season strong winning 10 straight games, including a 29-15 victory over Florida in the SEC title game. An Antonio Callaway punt return for a touchdown put the Gators up five early, but Alabama found its groove offensively scoring 27 straight points to earn the program’s second consecutive SEC title. Jake Coker managed the game well for the Tide, passing for 204 yards while hitting ArDarius Stewart and Richard Mullaney for touchdowns. Heisman winner Derrick Henry took 44 carries for 189 yards and a touchdown, which was enough to break the SEC record for rushing yards and tie the conference touchdown record. Alabama is looking to snap a two-game bowl losing streak after falling in the Sugar Bowl in back-to-back seasons.

    The Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) are appearing in their ninth straight bowl game and 26th postseason appearance overall. Michigan State responded well to its only loss of the season to Nebraska by winning its last four games. Last time out, Connor Cook led the Spartans on a game-winning drive to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten championship. Iowa took a 13-9 lead on an 85-yard touchdown pass from C.J. Beathard to Tevaun Smith early in the fourth quarter, but Connor Cook drove Michigan State on a 22-play, 82-yard drive that ended with an L.J. Scott touchdown run to win the game. Scott led all rushers with 22 carries for 73 yards in addition to his game-winning score. Cook (16-of-32, 191 yards, INT) was unimpressive in a defensive slugfest up until the final drive. Michigan State has won four consecutive bowl games, including last year’s 42-41 thriller over Baylor in the Cotton Bowl.

    The 2015 Cotton Bowl will mark the second meeting ever between Alabama and Michigan State. The Tide took the previous matchup, 49-7, in the 2011 Capital One Bowl.

    Below is everything you need to know about the matchup, including the Cotton Bowl live stream, TV broadcast information, game notes and prediction.

    Cotton Bowl Live Stream, TV Broadcast Information

    • Venue: AT&T Stadium
    • Date: Thursday, December 31
    • Kickoff Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
    • National TV: ESPN
    • Cotton Bowl Live Stream: Watch ESPN, No Radio Stream Available

    Prediction

    MSU is one of the few teams that can hold up on both sides against the toughness of the Crimson Tide lines, and it already proved this season it could handle itself just fine against the ultra-talented, beating Ohio State. Alabama is one of the few teams able to match coaching chops with the Spartans – Mark Dantonio and his staff won’t have any wrinkle that Saban and his group won’t have figured out. 

     The difference will be Alabama’s reliance on the running game, even when it’s not working.

    For the final score prediction, check out our Cotton Bowl preview.

    Game Notes

    • Derrick Henry has been on a tear inside domed stadiums during his career. For his career, he has compiled 788 yards on 116 carries for a 6.79 yards per carry average to go with nine touchdowns on the ground, while also adding five receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown.
    • Michigan State has posted at least 11 wins five times in the last six seasons (11 in 2010, 11 in 2011, 13 in 2013, 11 in 2014, 12 in 2015). Prior to Mark Dantonio’s arrival, the Spartans had just two 10-win seasons in school history (1965, 1999).
    • The Tide has limited opposing backs to an FBS-low 29 rushes of 10 yards or more. In the last outing, the Crimson Tide limited Florida to 15 yards on 21 carries just one week after holding Auburn to 91 yards rushing on 37 attempts.

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