Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Tide Ready for Matchup

Photo By: Photo by James D. Smith/CBAA

The preparation is now complete.

All that is left is for the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide and for the No. 3 Michigan State Spartans are to meet in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic to see which team will move on the play for a national championship.

The Crimson Tide (12-1, 8-1 SEC) went through a brief walk-through at AT&T Stadium this afternoon in anticipation for its New Year’s Eve showdown with the Spartans (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten). A win over Michigan State would put Alabama in position to play for the program’s 16th national championship. Since the 2008 season, the Tide has played in only three games that did not have national championship implications (97 of 100 games).

Tomorrow’s game will be no different but, for now, the Tide has to play the waiting game. Waiting to play for the first time in 25 days and waiting to see if this year’s team can take one step closer to closing the 2015 season in triumph and with another trophy to put on display in Tuscaloosa.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic celebrates its 80th anniversary on New Year’s Eve while hosting its first College Football Playoff Semifinal. Airtime on ESPN is set for 7 p.m. CST, with kickoff slated for 7:10 p.m.

This marks the second year for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl to be a part of ESPN’s bowl lineup. Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit will provide the call from the booth with Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi reporting from the sideline.

ESPN Radio returns as the Classic's national radio partner for the fourth consecutive year. Brad Sham, the "Voice of the Dallas Cowboys," teams with Danny Kanell in the booth and Ian Fitzsimmons on the sideline to describe all the action from AT&T Stadium. This is Sham's 19th consecutive year as the Classic's play-by-play voice and his 23rd overall.

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