You'll note the considerable space here between the No. It was a competitive game but one that seemed to never truly be in doubt.
Western Michigan had only 280 total yards, 217 below its season average.
The Huskies' defense proved it was ready for prime time against Alabama, holding the Crimson Tide to 17 offensive points.
It's also not difficult to wonder what Watson might do for an encore in a championship rematch against another outstanding Crimson Tide defense, particularly with receiver Mike Williams healthy and available this year.
Clemson can propel itself upward one spot with a fairly obvious accomplishment Monday.
The Seminoles provided the second-most-entertaining game of the postseason with their 33-32 win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl.
Deondre Francois' 12-yard touchdown pass to Nyqwan Murray with 36 seconds left was the money play, but the money player was Dalvin Cook, who rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Not only do we now have two finalists for the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T and a clear No. That means we can rework the speculation of the final CFP rankings into something that is (slightly) more objective, as the two human polls will do on Jan. So here's a reranking of the 12 teams selected for the New Year's Six bowls.