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Analyst Makes Score Predictions For Alabama vs. Notre Dame, Clemson vs. Ohio State

An Ohio State player tackles Clemson's Tee Higgins.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 28: Tee Higgins #5 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled by Amir Riep #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The College Football Playoff semifinals are only 10 days away. Fans will be able to ring in 2021 with Alabama-Notre Dame and Ohio State-Clemson.

It seems most prognosticators are rolling with the higher-seeded Crimson Tide and Tigers. Ralph Russo of the Associated Press is among those doing so.

Russo unveiled his bowl season picks this week, including score predictions for the playoff semifinals. He's got Alabama in a blowout and Clemson in a tight one.

In his column, Russo asked if it can get worse for Notre Dame than its 28-point loss to Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. Apparently, he thinks it will only be slightly better this time around.

Below are Russo's picks.

Pick: Alabama 45-21.

Pick: Clemson 31-28.

Notre Dame and Alabama will kick off in the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, January 1. The game will be played in Arlington, Texas, not California, due to COVID-19.

Clemson and Ohio State will follow in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans at 8 p.m. ET. Both games will be aired on ESPN.

The Spun's 2020-21 bowl season staff picks will be out shortly.