Peach Bowl COCSI, Orange Bowl Preview, Cotton Bowl Preview

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Peach Bowl
Atlanta, Georgia
#9 Florida State (10-2) vs.  #14 Houston (12-1)
COCSI…
Common Opponents:  Louisville, Texas State
Florida State          vs.        Houston
.      2-0            Record          2-0
.      50.0          Offense         46.5
.      18.5          Defense        22.5
.    + 31.5         Margin        + 24.0
.        1               Edge               1
VER:  31-24, Florida State

Orange Bowl   (National Semifinal)
Miami, Florida
#4 Oklahoma (11-1)  vs.  #1 Clemson (13-0)
* A win today and another in the national championship game would make Clemson the first
FBS team to go 15-0.
* These two teams met in the Russell Athletic Bowl last year, with Clemson rolling to a surprising and convincing 40-6 victory.  Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard was held to one reception in that game.
* Since losing to Texas, Oklahoma has averaged 52 points per game over its last seven contests.
* Sooner Baker Mayfield has thrown for 35 touchdowns against only five interceptions.  Clemson’s Deshaun Watson has 30 touchdown passes and 11 picks, but he is also the team’s second-leading rusher with 887 yards.  Watson averages 5.4 yards per carry and leads the Tigers with 11 touchdowns.
VER:  33-30, Oklahoma

Cotton Bowl
Arlington, Texas
#3 Michigan State (12-1)  vs.  #2 Alabama (12-1)
* Alabama is favored by about 10 points, just as it was a year ago when it lost to Ohio State.
* Nose Tackle Malik McDowell is the only consensus five-star recruit on Michigan State’s roster.  Alabama has five-stars all over the field.
* Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was the defensive backs coach at Michigan State when Nick Saban coached the Spartans from 1995 to 1999.  Dantonio, on his former boss:  “A lot of the things that we do are patterned after the things that I learned from him, whether it’s technique in the secondary, in the back and a little bit, or defensively, or just the structure of the entire program, recruiting.  A lot of different aspects.”
VER:  28-18, Alabama

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