The Alabama-Michigan State Drinking Game

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Dec 5, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) celebrates with head coach Nick Saban following their win over the Florida Gators 29-15 in the 2015 SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports Butch Dill

I’m not sure there has ever been a more perfect time for a drinking game than the Alabama-Michigan State playoff game on New Year’s Eve night. Sure, the college football playoff leaders are idiots for playing the games on December 31st instead of Saturday January 2nd when there are no scheduled games and everyone is off work, but this is the kind of idiocy we’ve come to expect from the leaders of college football.

And the benefit — you can drink a ton and not have to work in the morning. 

It’s Outkick drinking game perfection. 

I will be broadcasting Alabama-Michigan State live on Periscope and Facebook. So I hope y’all will play along live with me and you can always play along with your Internet friends on Twitter by using the hashtag #outkick.

Okay, here we go, with 16 drinking game rules for 2016.  

1. The SEC is playing the Big Ten, drink each time this is mentioned.

Whenever the South or the North, the SEC or the Big Ten, is insulted at your party, the insulting party, if Southern, may assign seven drinks, in honor of the SEC’s seven consecutive national championships. If the insulting party is Northern, he may assign one drink, in honor of the Big Ten’s one consecutive national title. 

2. Whenever anyone in your house says, “Can we check the New Year’s Eve show?” that person must drink to a count of ten for being an asshole.

It’s a ball dropping.

It’s no big deal, it happens to all men at some point. Even Lane Kiffin.

If it’s your girlfriend or boyfriend, wife or husband, who asks for the channel to be changed, then you have to drink to a count of twenty for being the asshole who brought them to the party.   

3. Despite what Sports Illustrated says Mark Dantonio and Mike D’antoni are not the same people, whenever the lack of respect for Dantonio is mentioned, drink.

If the lack of respect is accompanied by a graphic of Dantonio’s wins and losses or a mention of him coaching under Saban at Michigan State, do a shot. 

4. When Alabama’s loss to Ole Miss or Michigan State’s loss to Nebraska is mentioned or highlights of either game are shown, drink.

Did you know both teams lost? Really, they did. 

5. Connor Cook was not named a team captain.

When this, his personality, or his playmaking ability is mentioned or discussed, drink.

6. When someone at your party asks, “Is Kirk Herbstreit married?” drink.

If it’s a guy, do a shot as well.  

7. If the people at your party can’t come up with a distinguishing characteristic between Chris Fowler and Rece Davis, aside from their names being different, drink. 

Note: everyone will drink. 

8. Nick Saban is always upset with Lane Kiffin. 

When Nick Saban is shown upset with Lane Kiffin, drink. 

9. When Derrick Henry’s Heisman is mentioned or his stats are referenced, drink. 

If they show his high school stats — which they should — everyone has to drink in honor of the 150 pound sophomore safety in north Florida who had to spend an entire game tackling Henry.

That player is now dead, but he had a fulfilling 16 year life.  

10. Urban Meyer isn’t coaching in this game. Whenever Urban Meyer is mentioned, drink. 

When the highlight of Michigan State beating Ohio State is shown, drink while everyone extends their middle finger at the Buckeyes. 

11. When Alabama’s loss to Ohio State last season in the playoff is mentioned, drink.

If Derrick Henry’s lack of carries is mentioned in conjunction with this mention, do a shot.

12. If Kirby Smart’s new job as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs is mentioned, drink. 

If it’s accompanied by reference of “two defensive coordinators sharing the same office” do a shot. 

13. Did you know Jacob Coker is a transfer from Florida State and this is his first year starting?

Whenever either is mentioned, drink. 

14. When they show an Alabama fan in the crowd and you think, “How the hell did that dude afford tickets to this game?” drink. 

It’s amazing how often this happens.

Roll Tide.  

15. When they show a hot girl in the stadium, drink.

If she’s from Michigan State, do a shot.  

16. Alabama is going to blow out Michigan State.

When Kirk and Chris start to discuss how Alabama matches up with Oklahoma in the title game, you can switch to the ball dropping.

The only way to make this drinking game better? By wearing your own Outkick gear — pants are $20! — while you play the game. 

(If you have on Outkick gear you get to assign ten drinks in the pre-game. If this seems unfair, it is, but how else am I going to pay for all these vintage Ghostbuster toys my five year old is making me buy?) 

Written by Clay Travis

Clay Travis is the founder of the fastest growing national multimedia platform, OutKick, that produces and distributes engaging content across sports and pop culture to millions of fans across the country. OutKick was created by Travis in 2011 and sold to the Fox Corporation in 2021.

One of the most electrifying and outspoken personalities in the industry, Travis hosts OutKick The Show where he provides his unfiltered opinion on the most compelling headlines throughout sports, culture, and politics. He also makes regular appearances on FOX News Media as a contributor providing analysis on a variety of subjects ranging from sports news to the cultural landscape. Throughout the college football season, Travis is on Big Noon Kickoff for Fox Sports breaking down the game and the latest storylines.

Additionally, Travis serves as a co-host of The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, a three-hour conservative radio talk program syndicated across Premiere Networks radio stations nationwide.

Previously, he launched OutKick The Coverage on Fox Sports Radio that included interviews and listener interactions and was on Fox Sports Bet for four years. Additionally, Travis started an iHeartRadio Original Podcast called Wins & Losses that featured in-depth conversations with the biggest names in sports.

Travis is a graduate of George Washington University as well as Vanderbilt Law School. Based in Nashville, he is the author of Dixieland Delight, On Rocky Top, and Republicans Buy Sneakers Too.