College Football Playoffs-Expected More-Got Less”
It was a great college football season. What we saw New Year’s Eve was less the sparkling.
The field is set for College Football Championship game, Alabama-vs-Clemson, but the semi-finals weren’t very exciting.
We knew Alabama-Michigan State would be a defensive war, and it was. It was a slugfest, it was not sexy. The Tide took apart the Spartans offense. QB-Connor Cook was under pressure all night, and for every decent pass he hit, and he had yt throw alot after his team fell behind, he misfired on lots of others.
Running back LJ Scott, one of the really good power backs in the Big 10-had Tide defenders all over him. There were few big gains.
Michigan State slugged it out too against the Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, making the near 2,000-yard tailback work hard for the tough yards he got.
Quarterback Jake Coker was efficient, made some decent throws, but won’t scare anybody as a pocket passer. More pedestrian than pro star.
Alabama is that good, perennially loaded with NFL draft picks. Michigan State pushed the rock up the hill as well as they could, but did not have enough bullets in the offensive gun to make enough plays. The Tide’s defense just suffocated MSU’s offense, taking the air out of the game.
Clemson went wild against Oklahoma, a dynamic game, if you like the color Orange, a disappointing day if you were on the Sooner Schooner.
Deshaun Watson, the super sophomore, continued what he did all ACC-season, make plays with his legs, so he would make plays with his arm. The real surprise was the ferocious Clemson defense, which swarmed the run lanes, and chase Bob Stoops’ quarterback.
Baker Mayfield, who had awesome numbers throwing the ball in the Big 12, was all over the place, throwing it, missing it, especially when the game got out of hand.
Of course OU lost superb running back Joe Mixon with a neck injury, and his co-tailback Sam Perine was dinged up too with leg and knee issues.
The Sooners defense had plenty of time to prepare for the diversity of the Clemson QB-but never put a lid on him.
So Watson and the Tigers, meet Nick Saban the Roll-Tide defense in a couple of weeks for the national championship game. Something just doesn’t feel right about this matchup.
Yes they earned it, but hopefully the finals will be better than last night’s semi-finals, which I thought were boring, and a downturn from what we saw Saturday-by-Saturday during the regular season.