Kirby Smart, Alabama to play Clemson for national title

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart directs Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide on the sideline in the fourth quarter while taking on the Michigan State Spartans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Credit: Ron Jenkins

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ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31: Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart directs Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide on the sideline in the fourth quarter while taking on the Michigan State Spartans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

Credit: Ron Jenkins

Credit: Ron Jenkins

Georgia fans will have to wait a little longer for Kirby Smart to be their full-time head coach. He's still a little busy now at his old job as Alabama's defensive coordinator.

Smart's defense led the Crimson Tide to a 38-0 win over Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl in a College Football Playoff semifinal in Arlington, Texas, Thursday night.

Alabama (13-1) will play Clemson (14-0)  for the national championship on Monday, Jan. 11 in Arizona. Smart, who Georgia hired to replace Mark Richt as its head coach, committed to first finishing the season with the Crimson Tide, but he's said he is splitting his time between the two roles for now. 

Alabama 38, Michigan State 0: QB Jake Coker played the game of his career, hooking up with Calvin Ridley for two touchdowns, as the  second-ranked Crimson Tide aired it out to beat the No. 3 Spartans.

The Tide looked like a team with no weaknesses against overmatched Michigan State (12-2). Coker, the promising Florida State transfer who sat the bench most of last season, was nearly perfect. The senior completed 25 for 30 for 286 yards.

Clemson 37, Oklahoma 17: Gainesville  native