by Tom Morgan
Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Now, the Crimson Tide can use that as momentum heading to a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff.
Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington were named Sunday as the Final Four teams in the College Football Playoffs.
Alabama plays Washington in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl at 3 p.m. on December 31st. Ohio State and Clemson follow in the Fiesta Bowl at 7 p.m. The winners will meet for the national championship in Tampa on Monday, January 9th.
The Crimson Tide pounced the Gators 54-16 in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta Saturday night.
The Gators, after the ugly loss to the Tide, will play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa on January 2nd.
In other bowl matchups in Florida, Michigan takes on Florida State in the December 30th Orange Bowl.
Louisville and LSU meet in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl in Orlando December 31st.
On December 28th in Orlando, West Virginia meets Miami, a couple of former Big East rivals, in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
UCF and Arkansas State clash in the December 17th Cure Bowl in Orlando.
Kentucky and Georgia Tech is the SEC versus ACC matchup in the December 31st Taxslayer Bowl in Jacksonville.
On December 20th, in Boca Raton Bowl it will be Memphis taking on Western Kentucky, Tulsa plays Central Michigan in the Miami Beach Bowl and its Miami of Ohio and Mississippi State in the December 26th St. Petersburg Bowl.
USF will play South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on December 29th.
In other state sports news...
- Florida State finished 10th in the last regular season AP college football poll. Florida dropped five spots to 20th. USF was 25th.
- Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens overwhelmed the Dolphins in the first half of a 38-6 victory Sunday that ended Miami's six-game winning streak. Baltimore led 24-0 at halftime behind Flacco and a dominant performance from the league's second-ranked defense. Flacco competed a franchise record 36 passes in 47 attempts, and the Ravens yielded only 115 yards and intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass. Former UCF star Breshard Perriman was on the receiving end of one of Flacco's TD passes.
- Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was again a turnover machine in Sunday's 20-10 loss to Denver. Bradley Roby returned a Bortles pass 51 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller hit Bortles as he released the ball. It was the 11th pick-6 of Bortles' three-year career and his third in the last four games. The loss was the seventh straight for the Jags and puts head coach Gus Bradley's job in further joepardy. The loss ensured Jacksonville will become the fifth team in NFL history to post double-digit losses in six consecutive seasons.
- Keith Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 to play as the Buccaneers clipped the Chargers 28-21 at Qualcomm Stadium. Jameis Winston threw for 280 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Tampa, which improved to 7-and-5 with its fourth straight win. Lavonte David had a pick-six in the victory.
- Serge Ibaka dropped in 21 points as the Magic slipped past the Pistons 98-92 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench for Orlando, which is 3-and-1 on its current five-game road trip.
- In college basketball action Sunday, Florida State cruised past George Washington 67-48. It was FGCU holding off Georgia Southern 85-82. 20th ranked South Carolina defeated FIU 70-54.
- Despite making 24 birdies this weekend, Jupiter's Tiger Woods returned from two back surgeries tp finish 15th at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Six bogeys hurt Woods, who was playing in his first competitive tournament since August 2015.