College Football Playoff Semifinals Picks: Orange, Cotton Bowls

    College Football Playoff semifinals picks for Clemson vs. Oklahoma (Orange Bowl) and Alabama vs. Michigan State (Cotton Bowl).

    December 31, 2015

    College Football Playoff semifinals picks for Clemson vs. Oklahoma and Alabama vs. Michigan State.

    The two College Football Playoff semifinal matchups could not be any different.

    In the Orange Bowl, two highly explosive offenses will face off as Clemson, led by Deshaun Watson, takes on Baker Mayfield and the Oklahoma Sooners.

    In the Cotton Bowl, two tough and rugged defenses will battle for each yard as the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Michigan State Spartans.

    College Football Playoff Semifinal: Orange Bowl

    This one has all of the fixings for a fireworks show. Oklahoma is No. 6 in the nation in total offense; Clemson isn’t too far behind at No. 11. Both the Sooners and Tigers are led by dynamic quarterbacks in Mayfield and Watson, respectively. And the defenses, well, they aren’t too shabby either. Clemson enters the game with the No. 8 defense; Oklahoma cracks the top 30 at No. 29.

    The Oklahoma running game will be the ultimate difference maker in this one, and the Sooners D is going to make enough stops in big moments.

    Pick: Oklahoma
    Line: Oklahoma -3.5

    For full coverage, check out our Clemson vs. Oklahoma game preview.

    College Football Playoff Semifinal: Cotton Bowl

    It’s round two for Alabama in the College Football Playoff. Up on the docket this go around? Another Big Ten bruiser in Michigan State. Both teams have stout defenses, which will help define this contest. Alabama is ranked No. 2 in total D, while Michigan State checks in at No. 23. Expect the Crimson Tide to give the Spartans a heavy dose of Derrick Henry, wearing down their defensive front as the game enters the third and fourth quarters. 

    Pick: Alabama
    Line: Alabama -9.5

    For full coverage, check out our Alabama vs. Michigan State game preview.

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