While plenty of bowl games shocked football fans across the nation, the Peach and Fiesta bowls had much more at stake, and they proved to be just as stunning as the season leading up to it. Alabama rolled over an underdog Washington squad, and Clemson shocked Ohio State, keeping them scoreless for the entire game.This brings us to a match between No. 1 Alabama and No. 3 Clemson in the title game for the second year in a row.
While I’m sure the big question on everyone’s mind involves who will come out the victor, let’s take a breather and reminisce over the best pictures from the College Football Playoff semifinal games:Washington Huskies' wide receiver, scores a touchdown during the first quarter in the 2016 CFP Semifinal at the Georgia Dome to put the first points on the board. Alabama Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough (9), who rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on the day, scores a touchdown despite solid coverage by Washington Huskies defensive backs. Alabama linebacker Ryan Anderson (22) makes an interception and runs it back for a touchdown against Washington Huskies running back Lavon Coleman (22), the push the Tide needed to begin pulling away. Huskie Linebacker Psalm Wooching (28) lunges to pick up the ball after Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) fumbles it in the third quarter. Alabama defensive backs Anthony Averett (28) and Marlon Humphrey (26) celebrate in the fourth quarter after preventing Washington from scoring outside of the first quarter. Confetti rains down as Alabama players celebrate their win and move on to the College Football National Championship game.
Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Parris Campbell (21) is brought down by Clemson Tigers linebacker Chad Smith (43) and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley (25) during the first half of the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Ohio State Buckeyes' fans cheer prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers. Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams (7) catches a pass despite being heavily defended by Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward (12). Tigers running back C.J. Fuller (27), who had two receiving touchdowns on the day, makes a reception for a touchdown.
Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware (10) and defensive end Clelin Ferrell (99) celebrate after sacking Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett.Head coach for Clemson Dabo Swinney (left) and quarterback Deshaun Watson (4, right) take a look at their new Fiesta Bowl trophy after a 31-0 win over the Buckeyes.