Jake Browning and the Washington Huskies take on Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide in the first National Semifinal at the Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl this afternoon.
The Huskies have something to prove as some pundits didn’t think they should have been selected. But Conference Championships should mean something and the Huskies are, after all, the Pac-12 Conference Champions.
Alabama, of course, is nothing to sneeze at. Bama Coach Nick Saban has won five national championships. But, it should be interesting to see how Bama’s offense responds to the loss of Offensive Coordinator Lane Kiffin, who is the new head coach at Florida Atlantic.
He has been replaced on the Crimson Tide coaching staff by good ol’ “Cutty Sark” himself, Steve Sarkisian.
So, that may give both teams a little more reason to play hard as Sarkisian left Washington and was replaced Chris Petersen. Husky players still on the team from the Sarkisian era may want some payback for him leaving them and Sarkisian definitely has something to prove after his issues at Southern Cal.
This is your College Football Playoff national semifinal open thread.