Get caught up on everything you need to know on Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma for the College Football Playoff

By The SI Staff
December 30, 2015

The second annual College Football Playoff is here! No. 1 Clemson and No. 4 Oklahoma will battle in the Orange Bowl before No. 2 Alabama faces No. 3 Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

Who are the names to know and who will advance to the national championship game? Catch up on everything you need to know about the Tigers, Crimson Tide, Spartans and Sooners with SI.com and CampusRush.com’s complete collection of playoff preview coverage.

The playoff

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Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Oklahoma

THAMEL: Orange Bowl Preview

SCHNELL: Podcast: Something about the Arborhood

KRASNOO: Three key matchups that could decide Orange Bowl

SCHNELL & ELLIS: Podcast: Orange Bowl Preview

THAMEL: How Venables turned Clemson D into one of the best

SCHNELL: Sooners’ Mixon refuses to answer on violent incident

THAMEL: How do NFL scouts view Clemson QB Watson?

SCHNELL: How Sooners’ Sanchez learned to fight again

CHEN: Oklahoma’s Mayfield remembers all who doubted him

STRIKER: Why I’ll never “stick to sports”

THAMEL: Clemson’s Watson has taken long road to playoff

VIDEO: Two Minute Drill: Orange Bowl Preview

VIDEO: Mayfield, Watson prepare for elite QB duel

GALLERY: Clemson’s path to the playoff

GALLERY: Oklahoma’s path to the playoff


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Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs. Mich. State

STAPLES: Cotton Bowl Preview

KRASNOO: Three key matchups that could decide Cotton Bowl

SCHNELL & ELLIS: Podcast: Cotton Bowl Preview

HAMILTON: FB Pendleton: Michigan State’s unlikely man of the moment

STAPLES: Alabama’s Nysewander does everything but demand attention

HAMILTON: Michigan State’s secret? Finding hidden gems

STAPLES: How Kirby Smart can help both Bama and Georgia

ROSENBERG: How was Saban viewed as Michigan State’s coach?

STAPLES: The reinvention of Lane Kiffin

HAMILTON: Michigan State QB Cook armed with confidence

STAPLES: RB Henry more than just freight train to Alabama

VIDEO: Two Minute Drill: Cotton Bowl Preview

VIDEO: Can Michigan State D stop Derrick Henry?

VIDEO: Looking back at Spartans’ miracle vs. Michigan

VIDEO: Spartans QB Cook’s leadership shouldn’t be doubted

VIDEO: Expect Alabama to keep game in Henry’s hands

VIDEO: Would Saban leave if Alabama wins national title?

GALLERY: Alabama’s path to the playoff

GALLERY: Michigan State’s path to the playoff

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