Peach Bowl 2016 College Football Playoff Semifinal Preview

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Peach Bowl

Saturday, December 31, 3:00 PM

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Alabama (13-0) takes Washington (12-1) in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, and the Crimson Tide is a 14-point favorite.

Washington isn’t being given much of a chance in this College Football Playoff semifinal, so its stars are going to have to shine against Alabama’s nasty defense.

Peach Bowl

The Peach Bowl is an annual college football bowl game played in Atlanta, Georgia since December 1968. It has been sponsored by Chick-fil-A since 1997, and is officially known as the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. From 2006 to 2013, it was officially referred to as simply the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The first three Peach Bowls were played at Grant Field on the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta. Between 1971 and 1992, Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium hosted the game. Since 1993, the Georgia Dome has played host. The bowl will then be moved to Mercedes-Benz Stadium after that facility opens, scheduled for mid-2017. Since the 2014 season, the Peach Bowl has featured College Football Playoff matchups, with the 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025 games hosting a national semifinal.

Players to watch Peach Bowl 2016

Jake Browning, QB, Washington

Alabama has lost six games since 2012, and those quarterbacks who beat the Tide averaged 257.7 yards passing with 16 TDs and two interceptions. That list includes Chad Kelly (twice), Johnny Manziel, Trevor Knight, Nick Marshall and Cardale Jones. If Browning has one of those nights and can knock off the defending national champions, then he’ll be remembered forever.

Jalen Hurts, QB, Alabama

Hurts is a true freshman, and he’s answered the challenge at every stop this season. That included a slew of impressive road victories in the SEC. Hurts must protect the football. Washington leads the nation in turnover margin (+21). Opponents had 27 fumbles and lost 14 against the Huskies. It’s all about avoiding the big mistake.

Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

If Washington can’t block Allen, then it’s going to be a long night. The versatile defensive lineman can rush inside and out, and that opens up rush lanes for Ryan Anderson, Reuben Foster and Tim Williams. Browning must avoid third-and-long as much as possible against that pass rush.

John Ross, WR, Washington

Ross is one of the most-exciting players in college football, and he’s going to have to live up to that billing for Washington to have a chance. Ross did have four TDs of 50 yards or more this season, but he also scored 12 times in the red zone. That goes underappreciated. He’s the go-to guy who needs to have a go-to game.

Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama

Foster led Alabama with 94 tackles, and he’s one of the team leaders. The first-team All-American can fly on the outside in nickel packages or fill on the run. He’ll need to do both against the Huskies while being a tone-setter with a few big hits. He’ll also have to be on alert for a few of those patented trick plays. Foster can disrupt those if he’s ready.