Top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama will face off in the desert for the national championship after cruising to wins in the College Football Playoff semifinals Thursday. The Clemson Tigers pulled away in the second half for a 37-17 win over No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, followed by a dominate performance from Alabama, beating Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl.
The January 11 title game in Glendale, Arizona, matches a high-scoring Clemson offense led by quarterback Deshaun Watson against Nick Saban’s latest dominating defense at Alabama, which limited the Spartans to 239 yards.