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Tom Dienhart offers early take on Michigan State-Alabama matchup

I thought Michigan State would jump from No. 5 to No. 3 after it toppled unbeaten Iowa in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night in Indianapolis. And, the College Football Playoff committee did just that, setting up a meeting with No. 2 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl in a national semifinal game. [ MORE: View the full 2015-16 bowl schedule | Final CFP rankings ] No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in the other national semifinal game. This will be the Spartans’ first trip to the playoffs, which are in just their second

Tom Dienhart previews Big Ten's two New Year's Day Six bowls

The New Year’s Day Six Bowls have been set. And the Big Ten landed two teams in what shapes up as two of the better matchups of the 2015-16 postseason. [ MORE: View our complete 2015-16 bowl schedule ] The two games are No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 6 Stanford in the Rose Bowl Game, and No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Notre Dame. Get my quick preview to both games below: Iowa. It was great to see the College Football Playoff committee didn’t bury 12-1 Iowa for losing a close Big Ten title game to Michigan State. Now,

On second thought, Oregon, Ohio to amend name instead of changing it

So, Oregon, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, will be amending its name instead of changing it, as reported late last week, for the national title game vs. No. 4 Oregon. [ MORE: Bowl schedule | Mark May photo | Check out this SEC shirt ] For the next week, through the Jan. 12 championship game, Oregon will be known as “Oregon, Ohio Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters,” according to the Toledo Blade. Kind of a mouthful, isn’t it? The name is a play on the city’s motto: “Oregon on the Bay, City of Opportunity.” While it doesn’t