For any fans hoping for an exciting slate of competitive College Football Playoff semifinal games, Friday didn’t exactly deliver.
Both of the semifinal games, pitting the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Clemson Tigers versus the Ohio State Buckeyes, were lopsided affairs that weren’t very competitive after the first quarter.
What should have ostensibly been a matchup of the four best teams in college football looked more like two varsity squads respectively playing against a pair of JV teams.
Alabama cruised to a 31-14 win over Notre Dame, continuing the Fighting Irish’s recent history of lackluster bowl performances. Crimson Tide receiver DeVonta Smith looked every bit like the Heisman finalist he is by catching seven passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
With absolutely no disrespect intended for Notre Dame, but there just wasn’t much to dissect from that rout. The better team won.