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College Football Playoff semifinals open thread: Michigan vs. Alabama, Washington vs. Texas

Maybe this Seattle football team can win a pivotal game.

2023 Pac-12 Championship - Oregon v Washington Photo by Brandon Sloter/Image Of Sport/Getty Images

Happy New Year, everyone!

Per your request on Saturday, this is the open thread to hang out and watch both College Football Playoff semifinals.

At 2 PM PT, the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Michigan Wolverines in the Rose Bowl. The winner of that game will face the winner of the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, where the Washington Huskies will battle the Texas Longhorns. Texas is coached by former Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, so that’s a major storyline. Kickoff time is 5:45 PM PT.

Jim Harbaugh was denied a Super Bowl by the professional Seattle football team almost exactly a decade ago. Is it possible his pursuit of a college national title could be denied by the Seattle college team? Well, we gotta get a Michigan vs. Washington final for that to be another side story.

Seahawks fans who are watchful of potential quarterbacks will undoubtedly be looking at JJ McCarthy on Michigan, Michael Penix Jr of Washington, and maybe Quinn Ewers of Texas if he opts to go to the NFL next year.

Sit back and enjoy some college football!

Update: Michigan wins 27-20 in overtime, so will the Huskies join them? Find out with us!