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Back to Dallas: Michigan State to Play Alabama in the Cotton Bowl

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It's official - MSU is #3 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings after the win against Iowa in Indianapolis last night. That means they'll head back to the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Eve to play #2 seed Alabama at 8 PM Eastern:

Clemson and Oklahoma will meet in the Orange Bowl in the other semifinal. It did appear that at least one MSU player was hoping that MSU would play in the other semifinal game:

In any case, the matchup with Alabama will be an interesting one. The Crimson Tide's Derrick Henry is a Heisman frontrunner and will be a load to take down, but a team without an elite quarterback should allow MSU's defense to be effective. Or, put more succinctly: