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    By Robby Kalland | Staff Writer


    December 6, 2015 1:08 pm ET




    The College Football Playoff semifinal matchups were announced on Sunday, with No. 1 Clemson taking on No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and No. 2 Alabama facing No. 3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.
    As soon as the matchups were set, Las Vegas posted odds on both games. At the Las Vegas SuperBook at Westgate, Oklahoma opened as a a 2.5-point favorite -- despite being the lower ranked team -- and Alabama, for the second straight year, opened as a 9-point favorite in a semifinal against a Big Ten team.
    Early action has seen Oklahoma and Alabama getting heavy money and the Sooners have been bet up to a 3-point favorite and the Tide up to 9.5-point favorites.
    At the SuperBook, Alabama is even odds to win the national championship, Oklahoma is 9/4, Clemson is 5/1 and Michigan State is 6/1.
    The Sooners being set as favorites over Clemson isn't too surprising, considering Oklahoma has won seven straight games with an average margin of victory of 32.5 points -- only one of those games was decided by fewer than 10 points, a 1-point win over TCU. Clemson's closing stretch of the season was not as dominant and the defense gave up 32 or more points in the final two games.
    As for the Cotton Bowl matchup, Alabama's defense has earned the Tide a great deal of respect from oddsmakers. The style matchup against Michigan State also seems to work in Alabama's favor, as the Tide have dominated pro-style teams in recent years.
    If Michigan State fans are looking for a silver-lining in being 9-point underdogs, it's that Ohio State opened last season as a 9-point underdog to Alabama in the semifinal as well. That worked out pretty well for the Buckeyes.
    For those into trends, Oklahoma went 8-3 against the spread as a favorite this season (9-3 ATS overall), and covered 6 of its last 7 games. Clemson went 6-7 ATS this season (has not been an underdog all year) but covered just 1 of its last 5 games.
    Alabama went 7-6 ATS this season (6-6 ATS as a favorite), covered four of the last five games but was just 3-5 ATS as a 9-point or more favorite. Michigan State was just 5-8 ATS this season, but did cover 5 of the last 7 games. As an underdog, the Spartans were 2-0 ATS and won both games outright.






    For a second straight year, Alabama's a heavy favorite in the CFP semifinals. (USATSI)


    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefoot...cfp-semifinals





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    Michigan State vs Alabama - College Football Playoffs - Cotton Bowl - AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
    Thu 12/31 259 Michigan State +9½ -110 +280 o49 -110
    4:00PM 260 Alabama -9½ -110 -340 u49 -110
    Oklahoma vs Clemson - College Football Playoffs - Orange Bowl - Sun Life Stadium - Miami Gardens, FL
    Thu 12/31 261 Oklahoma -3 -120 -165 o64½ -110
    8:00PM 262 Clemson +3 +100 +145 u64½ -110


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      Playoff set: Clemson, Alabama, Michigan St., Oklahoma play for title

      By Adam Silverstein | Staff Writer

      December 6, 2015 12:30 pm ET

      Three months of college football and six weeks of rankings are now in the books as we now know the four teams set to compete in for the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship.
      Undefeated at 13-0, Clemson claimed the No. 1 spot and celebrated their tremendous season with 20,000 fans on Sunday afternoon with a pizza party at Tiger Stadium, as promised by coach Dabo Swinney.
      Alabama (12-1) used a dominant 29-15 win in the SEC Championship Game over Florida to clinch the No. 2 spot in the CFP Rankings, while Michigan State (12-1) jumped up to No. 3 after taking down previously undefeated Iowa with a 22-play, 9-minute game-winning drive in the Big Ten Championship Game.
      Oklahoma (11-1), which was watching from Norman as the Big 12 champion (the conference does not hold a title game), moved down one spot to No. 4, with the Spartans jumping ahead of them due to their extra game and impressive strength of schedule.
      College Football Playoff
      Bowl Date Location Matchup Prediction
      Orange Bowl Dec. 31 Miami, Fla. Semifinal (1) Clemson vs. (4) Oklahoma
      Cotton Bowl Dec. 31 Arlington, Tex. Semifinal (2) Alabama vs. (3) Michigan State
      Championship Bowl Jan. 12 Glendale, Ariz. Semifinal winners TBD



      CBS Sports playoff and bowls expert Jerry Palm explains how and why the College Football Playoff fell the way it did.






      Clemson leads the College Fotoball Playoff with the well-deserved No. 1 seed. (CBS Sports Graphic)


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