MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — How fitting it was that the aqua seats at Sun Life Stadium — which until this year were orange — for the Orange Bowl were predominantly filled by orange-clad fans, about three-quarters of the 67,615 in attendance cheering on the No. 1 team in the nation. Yes, the only undefeated team left in college football, the one which was a 3½-point underdog to the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners in this college football playoff semifinal on Thursday. The Tigers and their supporters came here looking not only for a spot in the national championship game, but for respect. They got both. After trailing by one at halftime, Clemson dominated the second half en route to a 37-17 victory to improve to 14-0. The ACC champions’ chance at perfection will come in the national title game on Jan. 11 in Glendale Ariz., against No. 2 Alabama, which thrashed No. 3 Michigan State, 38-0, in the Cotton Bowl on Thursday. ALABAMA POUNDS MICHIGAN STATE, WILL PLAY CLEMSON FOR TITLE Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, the school’s first-ever Heisman finalist, rushed for 145 yards and a score and completed 16 of 31 passes for 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception…. Read full this story
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