CFP Cotton Bowl: Alabama defense meets with the media


We just kept sort of pecking away, Dantonio said. The second is just giving Michigan St. yet another "they disrespected us" chip on their shoulder.

Mannie's tenure with the Spartans dates all the way back through Saban's years at the helm, so, he's had a chance to observe both Saban and Dantonio.

As part of No. 2 Alabama football's trip to the Cotton Bowl and its upcoming matchup with No. 3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, the team visited Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Or Madre London, who might have been the choice on that final drive if head coach Mark Dantonio didn't interject on the headset and call for Scott. "Do you want to play?" "And then, Coach Dantonio is always going to voice his opinion on who's carrying the ball best from his standpoint there on the sideline and we'll go with the guy we think has the hot hand".

Marino spent his entire National Football League career in south Florida, retiring in 2000 after 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

While primarily trying to devote himself to helping Alabama win yet another national title, those recruiting battles have already begun.

DALLAS | When Kirby Smart accepted his first coaching job in 2000, Valdosta State offered him $10,000 a year, a Nissan Altima and a place to stay to be its secondary coach.

"Even though a great expectation is created for them by (recruiting rankings), we try to emphasize development that football is a developmental game", Saban said.

It would be hard not to at this point. The Spartans have won four straight bowl games and at least 11 games four times in the last five years.

Jon Reschke figures he had no option growing up other than being a Michigan State fan, through the good and the bad years. It will further fuel the Spartans to play at an escalated level, but don't be shocked if they beat Alabama because they're not just overachievers. "Having [Connor] as a quarterback is a big reason we are so confident, he knows how to win those big games in those special situations". A lot of us have been looked over.

The third-ranked Spartans will counter Thursday night in the College Football Playoff's Cotton Bowl semifinal with an offensive line that is one of the best in the country when healthy - and now it is. Cook wasn't thinking about the shoulder injury that was bothering him the latter half of the season at this point.

Saban, who did not stay to finish at Michigan State after being hired by LSU following the 1999 regular season, is perfectly comfortable with the arrangement and appreciative that Smart will lead the players he helped recruit to Alabama one more time.

Michigan State (12-1) is 36-4 in its past 40 games and has won two of the past three Big Ten championships. It will need to be against the Crimson Tide defense, which ranks at or near the top of the nation in just about every significant statistical category, including sacks (46). "Hopefully, by saying hello and talking to them we can make their day better, and it means a lot to me to know that I can have that kind of impact". They've been at their best in close games, going 6-1 this season in games decided by a touchdown or less, and 9-2 over the past three seasons.

For the fifth consecutive year, Michigan State's run defense finishes in the top 10 in running yards per game. They allowed more yards through the air, but thanks to their dominant run defense, they were able to average two takeaways a game on defense.

Shilique Calhoun epitomizes Michigan State's outer image.

It's now the Golden Age of athletics in East Lansing, but a football national title would go nicely in Mark Hollis' collection; to accompany the basketball national title from 2000. The only quarter in which Henry has had more yards is the first (550), which is remarkable considering Henry sat out much if not all of the fourth quarter in a few of Alabama's blowout games.