The 2021 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati was a historic matchup far before the first snap as the defending champions met the first Group of Five team to make the CFP.
Although the Crimson Tide were a 13.5-point favorite, the third-largest spread in a CFP game, some players still entered the semifinal showdown with something to prove.
Powered by a dominant defense that sacked Desmond Ridder six times and a dynamic rushing attack that totaled over 300 yards, the Crimson Tide looked more like Goliath than David in its 27-6 win over the Bearcats.
Still, some spectators, namely Cincinnati alum Travis Kelce, were not impressed by the Tide's performance.
Let's be honest tho.... Bama didn't impress anyone tonight. They played good enough....— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) January 1, 2022
😂😂😂 touché.... But no one from bama ever gave me a hard time.... s/o to the elephants... 🐘 https://t.co/ezaMKaa5KB— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) January 1, 2022
Nick Saban heads to his 10th appearance in a BCS/CFP National Championship Game, the most since the BCS began in 1998 (more than double any other head coach) and some of his former players, from Marlon Humphrey to Jaylen Waddle couldn't help but to celebrate the win on social media.
Fake undefeateds do not belong in College Football - Analyst Humph— marlonhumphrey.eth (@marlon_humphrey) December 31, 2021
NEXT‼️ https://t.co/n1KyzRQVhQ— Mark Ingram II (@markingramII) January 1, 2022
🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘— JW (@D1__JW) January 1, 2022
NEXT— Jerry Jeudy⁴ (@jerryjeudy) December 31, 2021
RollTIDE‼️‼️‼️‼️— Mack Wilson Sr. (@5mackwilson1) January 1, 2022
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