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College Football Playoff semifinal scouting reports


The #College #Football #Playoff semifinals always bring tremendous excitement, at least until the ball is kicked.

#In terms of competitiveness and drama, the semis have largely been duds. #Of the 12 CFP semifinals played, only three have been decided by single digits and eight have been decided by 17 points or more. #We’ve never seen two legitimately competitive semifinals in the same year.

#Will the trend end #Friday? #Probably not.

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#It’s possible #No. 3 #Ohio #State challenges #No. 2 #Clemson, a team the #Buckeyes largely outplayed in last year’s semifinal before falling in the closing minutes. #Fourth-seeded #Notre #Dame holds the best win in college football this season, over then-No. 1 #Clemson on #Nov. 7, and believes it has closed the gap with teams like top-ranked #Alabama, which it faces in the relocated #Rose #Bowl.

#But most observers, including coaches who have faced the top four teams, think #Friday’s semifinals will produce the national championship game pairing that has defined the CFP era.

“#You’ll see #Alabama and #Clemson,” an SEC assistant said.

I spoke to coaches to help break down the two semifinal matchups and some of the keys to each game.

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