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No. 2 Alabama takes down No. 3 Michigan State in Cotton Bowl

(AP) Jake Coker played the game of his career, hooking up with Calvin Ridley for two touchdowns, as the second-ranked Crimson Tide aired it out to beat No. 3 Michigan State 38-0 Thursday night and advance to the national championship game. [ MORE: GALLERY | AP RECAP | BOX | PLAY-BY-PLAY ] Alabama (13-1) will face No. 1 Clemson (14-0), which put away Oklahoma in the first national semifinal, on Jan. 11 in Arizona looking for its fourth national title in nine seasons under coach Nick Saban. The Tide looked like a team with no weaknesses against overmatched Michigan State

Scouting report: Coaches detail Alabama's offense & defense

BTN.com's Tom Dienhart talked to some assistant football coaches who took on Alabama this season to get an insider's scouting report on the Crimson Tide offense and defense ahead of Michigan State's game in the Cotton Bowl. Here's what those coaches told our senior writer.

Five keys to a Michigan State victory over Alabama tonight

When Michigan State takes on Alabama tonight, we'll all be watching closely. BTN.com's Tom Dienhart suggests we keep an eye out for these five keys the Spartans need to unlock the Crimson Tide and advance to the title game. You know this already, but none of them will come easily.

BTN Live at 6 p.m. ET: Full preview of Michigan State vs. Alabama

The College Football Playoff games are finally here tonight as Clemson faces Oklahoma ahead of Michigan State taking on Alabama. First, catch “BTN Live” at 6 p.m. ET today for the latest look at the Cotton Bowl matchup. Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith are in Dallas for the game and have reports from the stadium. [ MORE: 2015-2016 bowl game schedule | Bowl game coverage |  Scoreboard | Follow Tom Dienhart on Twitter | BTN on YouTube | BTN on Instagram | BTN on Vine ] Also, on Friday at 11 a.m. ET, Rick Pizzo, Stanley Jackson, Glen Mason get you

BTN LiveBIG: MSU engineering students to provide clean water in Tanzania

It’s easy to take something as fundamental as clean water for granted. Whether we need it to stay hydrated, cook a meal or bathe, access to suitable water is rarely a problem for those who live in the United States. Other areas of the world aren’t as fortunate, and that creates all kinds of problems in areas ranging from public health to education. That’s why a group of Michigan State students is taking up the challenge of building of a rainwater containment system at a new school in Tanzania. Located in Buyuni, the school will be home to approximately 400

Holiday Bowl: Defense shines as Badgers hold off No. 25 USC

BTN.com's Tom Dienhart is watching every Big Ten bowl game, and on Wednesday night he rolled out his assessment of Wisconsin's impressive 23-21 win over No. 25 USC in the Holiday Bowl. See his grades and his overall take in this post.

Iowa wrestling takes home Midlands Championship

Iowa won their third consecutive Ken Kraft Midlands Championships with 152 team points. Nebraska and Rutgers rounded out the top three. Read more at NUSports.com.  

Ohio State's Cardale Jones to declare for the NFL Draft

Cardale Jones hinted at leaving Ohio State for the NFL after the Buckeyes lost to Michigan State. He made it more concrete on Wednesday, telling reporters he will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

Gallery: Wisconsin vs. Southern Cal, Holiday Bowl

Wisconsin took down Southern Cal, 23-21, in the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night. The victory improved the Big Ten to 3-1 this bowl season, with the lone loss coming in overtime (Indiana vs. Duke). Get our favorite USA TODAY Sports photos from Wisconsin’s bowl win below.