Controversial Targeting Call Has Everyone Talking After Boring College Football Playoff Semifinal Games

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Butch Dill / APOhio State quarterback Justin Fields gets hit by Clemson linebacker James Skalski during the first half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. Skalski was ejected from the game for targeting. (Butch Dill / AP)

For any fans hoping for an exciting slate of competitive College Football Playoff semifinal games, Friday didn’t exactly deliver.

Both of the semifinal games, pitting the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Clemson Tigers versus the Ohio State Buckeyes, were lopsided affairs that weren’t very competitive after the first quarter.

What should have ostensibly been a matchup of the four best teams in college football looked more like two varsity squads respectively playing against a pair of JV teams.

Alabama cruised to a 31-14 win over Notre Dame, continuing the Fighting Irish’s recent history of lackluster bowl performances. Crimson Tide receiver DeVonta Smith looked every bit like the Heisman finalist he is by catching seven passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

James Skalski was called for targeting and ejected after this hit on Justin Fields.

— ESPN (@espn)

This is straight B.S. for the second straight year in the playoffs this kid from named Skalski is ejected for “Targeting.” What is the guy suppose to do? Stand straight up and tackle? I mean, come on! What B.S. I feel so bad for that kid. Why even play defense.!

— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith)

I feel sick for Skalski

That was a football hit. Not dirty, no head hunting. No trash talking after.

The rule is flawed.

— Dan Orlovsky (@danorlovsky7)

The rule is the rule, and it’s designed to protect the defensive player as well as the offensive. But I don’t think targeting should include leading with the crown of the helmet below the neck. Skalski’s hit on Fields was a good football play on a QB who didn’t give himself up.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless)

James Skalski’s ejection is the right call via the rulebook’s terms.

“No player shall target and make forcible contact against an opponent with the crown of his helmet” is part of what the rule says.

If you’re upset that Skalski was tossed, take it up with the rulebook.

— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB)

Here’s Skalski’s targeting. It’s the right call based on the rule, but it’s also a tough break on a not brutal play in the .

— Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen)

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