Cotton Bowl 2021 – Alabama dominance over Cincinnati flexes former Tide players on social media

The 2021 Cotton Bowl College Football Playoff semi-final between Alabama’s No.1 and Cincinnati’s No.4 was a historic clash long before the first snap as the defending champions met the first team in the Group of Five to do the CFP.

Although the Crimson Tide were a 13.5-point favorite, the third biggest gap in a CFP game, some players still entered the semi-final showdown with something to prove.

“I always feel like we are the underdog in this game,” said Bama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. “We have been disrespected all year long.”

Powered by a dominant defense that sacked Desmond Ridder six times and a dynamic dynamic offense that totaled over 300 yards, the Crimson Tide looked more like Goliath than David in their 27-6 win over the Bearcats.

Brian Robinson Jr.’s 204 rushing yards only follow Ezekiel Elliott’s totals of 230 (2015 Sugar Bowl) and 246 (2015 National Championship) in a CFP game.

Still, some spectators, namely Cincinnati former Travis Kelce, were not impressed with Tide’s performance.

Nick Saban is heading for his 10th appearance in a BCS / CFP National Championship game, the most since BCS started in 1998 (more than double any other head coach) and some of his former players, Marlon Humphrey to Jaylen Waddle could not help but to celebrate the victory on social networks.

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