The long layoff between the conference championships and the College Football Playoff is nearly a month and we're very early into the waiting process. With New Year's Eve more than three weeks away, fans need all the help they can passing the time before Alabama and Michigan State square off in Dallas.

That's why we don't think it's too early to share this hype video promoting the Cotton Bowl matchup between the SEC and Big Ten champions. In an era of spread offenses and no-huddle playcalling, this game features two big, physical teams that will line up and go straight at each other.

There will be plenty of storylines to talk about between now and December 31, but let's just put those on hold for a couple of minutes to enjoy this hype video.