Alabama handles Cincinnati in semifinal, 27-6, returns to national championship game

Crimson Tide have shot at yet another national title

Alabama coach Nick Saban, center, watches from the sideline during the first half of the Cotton Bowl NCAA College Football Playoff semifinal game against Cincinnati, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide topped the No. 4 Cincinnati Bearcats, 27-6, in their College Football Playoff (CFP) semifinal game Friday at the Cotton Bowl.

Alabama (13-1) now advances to the CFP National Championship game where they’ll meet either No. 2 Michigan or No. 3 Georgia -- those two play Friday night at the Orange Bowl. Alabama defeated Georgia, 42-21, in the SEC championship to grab the No. 1 spot in the CFP.

Perennial powerhouse Alabama are seeking their 7th claimed national title since 2009.

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