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Cotton Bowl College Football Playoffs Preview

The Crimson Tide are the only one of the four College Football Playoff teams returning for the second year of the format, and for the second straight year, they will face a Big Ten opponent in the semi-finals. This year the opponent will be Michigan State, which staged an epic drive in the fourth quarter of the Big Ten title game to overtake Iowa and secure a spot in the playoff.
Players to watch
Michigan State wide receiver Aaron Burbridge led the Big Ten with 80 receptions totaling 1,219 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns.
Heisman winner Derrick Henry set Alabama single-season records of 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns while averaging 5.9 yards per carry.
Key Stats
The teams have met only once before, in the 2011 Citrus Bowl, with the Crimson Tide rolling to a 49-7 victory.
The Crimson Tide rank second in the FBS in total defense, allowing 258.2 yards per game.
The Spartans rank fourth in the FBS in turnover margin, at plus-16.
Michigan State will be the first Big Ten team to play in a Cotton Bowl Classic since Ohio State in 1987.
Spartans quarterback Connor Cook has thrown for 2,921 yards and 24 touchdowns against only five interceptions this season.
Michigan State is 6-1 this season in games decided by a touchdown or less, while Alabama is 1-1.
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Injuries
Michigan State fullback Trevon Pendleton is questionable with a leg injury.

Spartans vs Crimson Tide Betting Trends

Michigan State:
Team record: 12-1 SU,5-7-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
Michigan State is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Michigan State is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games

Alabama:
Team record: 12-1 SU,7-6 ATS
Current Streak: won 10 straight games.
Alabama is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Alabama is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

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Michigan State vs Alabama Prediction

The Cotton Bowl will be a fun game to watch. Two of the top offensive players in the Country. Two teams that deserve to be in the College Football Playoffs. The Tide are heavy favorites in this game. Michigan State has been a team like Clemson. All they do is win. They just find a way to keep the game close then pull it out in the end. Look at the game against Iowa and it is obvious that the Spartans will not fold in a game. While I like Alabama to win the game. The points spread offers too much in a game I think will be decided by less than a touchdown.

Cotton Bowl Pick: Michigan State +9

Score Prediction: Alabama 31 – Michigan State 27