Michigan State Wins College Football's National Plant-Off


We have a new champion in college football and it’s…Michigan State? Didn’t Alabama win the National Championship over Clemson last night? Yes. But Michigan State won that other championship that was on the line yesterday in Phoenix, the 2nd annual College Football Playoff Plant-Off.

Alabama won, as British soccer announcers would say, a thrilling, “cracker of a game” last night at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, 45-40 over Clemson, giving the Crimson Tide its 4th College Football National Championship in the last 7 years. Roll, Tide!
Michigan State also won a championship yesterday in Phoenix by taking the 2nd annual College Football Playoff Plant-Off at Marivue Park. A team made up of students and alums from the East Lansing school planted 8 trees in 51 minutes.  A combined squad from Clemson and Arizona (Tucson) came in second with a time of 57:38. Third place went to the combined forces of Alabama, Oklahoma and Arizona State who planted the 8 trees in 1:00:21. 
Michigan St

Michigan State tree-planters with the 1st place trophy from yesterday’s College Football Playoff Plant-Off in Phoenix. (Photo credit: GreenLightSolutionsASU)

Clemson Plant Off

Clemson took 2nd place in the Plant-Off. (Photo credit: GreenLightSolutionsASU)

The Plant-Off was the finale of a suite of greening projects and events in and around Phoenix under the aegis of the College Football Playoff’s (CFP’s) sustainability program, #PlayoffGreen. Teams of 10 students and/or alumni from the four schools in the CFP (Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State and Oklahoma) plus the two big local schools, Arizona and Arizona State, competed to see who could property plant 8 trees the fastest. While Michigan State wasn’t fleet enough to contend with Alabama on the field in the semis, they certainly showed their speed in the Plant-Off. The Spartans take home to Michigan an urban forestry grant that can be used to plant trees on campus or at a neighborhood location of their choice. Congratulations to Michigan State–and better luck next year with that on-field thing*.

* This is a disingenuous “good luck” wish on the part of GreenSportsBlog as we pull for Big Ten rival Rutgers.
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