Final takeaways from College Football Playoff semifinals

Michigan football and Washington won a pair of classic College Football Playoff games and here are our final takeaways.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh waves at fans to celebrate a 27-20 Rose Bowl win over Alabama at
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh waves at fans to celebrate a 27-20 Rose Bowl win over Alabama at / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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A great night for college football

Michigan football has a lot of haters, but it was a good thing for the sport to see the Wolverines vanquish the Crimson Tide from the College Football Playoff. Nobody needed to see Nick Saban win another national championship.

I'm not saying that Michigan is going to win, but if Alabama beats the Wolverines, I have a hard time seeing them lose. This will end a four-year drought of SEC teams winning the national championship and for the first time since Ohio State in 2014, a team from the South won't win it all.

There's nothing wrong with the SEC and that part of the country dominating college football. But as we move into a new landscape, it's good to see the Big Ten and the Northwest score a victory in the College Football Playoff.

It was actually the first Pac-12 playoff win since 2014. However, since the Huskies are moving to the Big Ten next season, does it even count?

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Regardless, one team will break a decades-long national title drought next Monday night, and of all the unpredictable things in this sport, that might be the biggest surprise of all.