So the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes (7-0) used this as motivation to crash the Bash on late Friday

Behind the spirited running of Trey Sermon and the brave leadership of Justin Fields, the Buckeyes eliminated the No. 2 Clemson Tigers (10-2) with a brazen 49-28 Sugar Bowl win in the College Football Playoffs

“We’re having a great program – we’re very proud,” Ohio state head coach Ryan Day told ESPN after the game

No … Fields, Sermon & Co in the semi-final triumph, much to the chagrin of many who did not believe that the state of Ohio deserved a place in the CFP with four teams after just six games, while other competitors were playing over nine

Fields hit Clemson Sr. James Skalski nastily in the ribs in the second quarter, but shook him off – despite a painful grimace from him every time he threw the ball – to control what was a productive attack against a vaunted defense in Buckeyes’ pursuit of a second CFP title

“So many guys played so well,” Day told ESPN after the game. “The quarterback was brave He takes that big hit and he looked me in the eye and said, ‘There’s no way we can lose this game’ ”

“That hit really took me out,” Fields told ESPN, who finished 22-of-28 for 385 yards and six touchdowns. “My ribs killed me for most of the game, but what got me through was the love for it my brothers I would do anything for these guys ”

Sermon helped along the way, picking up where he left off in the Big Ten championship, ripping apart the tough unit of the Tigers with his tenacious ground attack with a whopping 193 yards on 31 runs and 61 more through the air

And three Ohio State TDs in the second quarter turned out to be too many for Clemson, who is himself a two-time national champion

Not even with quarterback Trevor Lawrence at the helm The Super QB hasn’t had enough play for Clemson to break the 21-point halftime hole and 28-point deficit in the fourth quarter as he did when he did brought the Tigers down by 16 points in the same game against the same opponent last year

“That loss really fueled our season,” Fields told ESPN. “We were just happy to get this opportunity back”

The Buckeyes are now playing for their second national CFP title against a two-time winner in the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (12-0)

That was after the flood – as expected – smelled of roses from the Rose Bowl on Friday and sent her to her third championship game in six years

“It means a lot,” Tide Stud recipient DeVonta Smith told the AT&T Stadium audience after the game, “But we’re not done yet”

Instead, it’s No. 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2) who finished after Friday’s early CFP semi-finals

Alabama was his usual self who dominated when it counted and ran away for a relatively easy 31-14 win in Arlington, Texas

The stars of the Tide were the usual suspects, and Smith caught three touchdowns from QB Mac Jones to take the honor of offensive player and defender Patrick Surtain II, who received the same defensive nod on teammate Najee Harris, too and ran 15 runs for an 8 by 125 yards3 yard average

QB Ian Book really needed an all-world game, but he underperformed on the 27-of-39 pass – many of the misses were casual and fell short or short of the mark – for 229 yards and his 15 runs for 55 yards just didn’t add enough

“We controlled the quarterback as best we could,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban told ESPN. “He came out of the pocket a few more times, but we tried to let him run to the side – and we got it done ”

The criminal partner of Book, who ran back Kyren Williams, rolled with 16 girders only 64 meters high

“It’s a great team win,” Saban told ESPN. “These guys really deserved the opportunity to play in the national championship game We’ll see what we can do with it””

In fact, Alabama – which last won the NCAA title in 2017 – is now aiming for a sixth national crown in 12 years

The Heisman Trophy votes are already in for the Most Outstanding Player of the 2020 NCAA, but Alabama teammates Jones and Smith continued to show why they are two of the four finalists with their Friday performances, but Jones just sparkled with a 25-of-30 try for 297 passing yards and four TDs Smith’s three pass-catching scores were a school record, giving him 20 in the season to tie him for the best in SEC history in a year he had 130 yards on Friday to give him eight games of 100+ yards in 2020, another Alabama brand of all time The other Heisman finalists are Lawrence and Florida QB Kyle Trask The Heisman winner will be announced on Tuesday (7pm) m ET, TSN2)

The Peach Bowl didn’t disappoint early Friday 9 Georgia (8-2) in a 24-21 thriller from No. 8 Cincinnati (9-1) that has just left a coveted perfect season It Was That Career -Long field goal by Jack Podlesny of 53 yards with a three second lead, which it won for the SEC squad “(The loss) makes us hungrier,” Cincy head coach Luke Fickell told reporters after the game. “There’s one more few other steps we have yet to take ”… In the Citrus Bowl on Friday, No. 14 was Northwestern (7-2) Griff Auburn (6-5) 35-19 QB Peyton Ramsey was solid, went 291 yards and three TDs 24- of-35 and added 50 more yards in the win … The trio of New Year’s inclinations saw: Ball State (7-1) surprise # 22 San Jose State (7-1) 34-31 at the Arizona Bowl; Mississippi State (4th -7) survived a 28-26 Armed Forces Bowl dispute with No. 24 Tulsa (6-3) punctuated by an ugly, massive post-game brawl that Tulsa’s safety needed Kendarin Ray help getting off the field and West Virginia (6-4) get the only fourth quarter points – a TJ Simmons TD catches 20 yards ahead of QB Austin Kendall, followed by a two point convert – to escape a fun 24-21 Liberty Bowl fight with Army (9-3)

TSN reserved one of its channels for multi-screen coverage of the semi-finals.In fact, TSN3 offered four different live-action views at the same time – two different field perspectives and footage from each sideline, mostly focusing on the two head coaches – as well as running game statistics The action on Saturday rounds off the bowl season with the exception of the national final: No 23 NC State vs. Kentucky (4-6) in the Gator Bowl (noon ET, TSN2); Mississippi (4-5) vs. No 11 Indiana (6-1) in the Outback Bowl (12:30 pm ET, ABC / TSN3); No 25 Oregon (4-2) vs. No 10 Iowa State (8-3) in the Fiesta Bowl (4 S.m ET, TSN2); and no 5 Texas A&M (8-1) vs No 13 North Carolina (8-3) in the Orange Bowl (8 S.m ET, TSN2) … The CFP National Championship game will take place on Monday, January 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida (8 pm ET, TSN)

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