Clemson Will Meet Alabama In The Sugar Bowl

Projected Vegas odds on Clemson-Alabama

Projected Vegas odds on Clemson-Alabama

Clemson and Alabama fans began having flashbacks of last year's national championship game following the College Football Playoff selection show on Sunday.

Ohio State (11-2) won the Big Ten championship game against previously unbeaten Wisconsin, 27-21, on Saturday.

Alabama edged out Ohio State for the final spot in the College Football Playoff field.

The selection committee picked Alabama to face the number one ranked Clemson Tigers in the Sugar bowl in New Orleans. "We are also instructed that we have the - and I quote again - 'flexibility and discretion to select a non-champion or independent under circumstances where that particular non-champion or independent is unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country.' (And) the committee views Alabama as a non-champion that is unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country, and that's why they are in".

While the Alabama-Ohio State debate dominated the playoff discussion on Saturday and into Sunday, Clemson (12-1) was wrapping up the No. 1 seed with a 38-3 rout of Miami in the ACC Championship game.

Alabama averages 265.3 rushing yards per game and leads the SEC in rushing yards before contact at 4.17 per carry. The Tide's bid for a second straight title was denied in Tampa last season when the Tigers scored a game-winning TD with one second left in a 35-31 victory.

"Because we didn't finish the season the way we wanted to finish and didn't play like we like to play or to the standard that we like to play to, we put our fate in someone else's hands", Saban said.

Alabama football earned the No. 4 seed in what felt like the most tense moment the committee has had in the playoff's now four-year history.

This will be the third straight meeting in the postseason between the Tigers and the Tide. "We're attacking for another one", Swinney said. I mean, like I said earlier in the year, if we had the same team back, but we've got a different team.

According to Saban, Alabama has had 40 games missed by defensive starters and starters accounting for 37 of those games will be back to face Clemson.

Alabama won its first 11 games this season, but lost 26-14 at then-No. "We'll certainly need to play our best to have any kind of chance to be successful".

"Early indication are our tickets are going to be a hot commodity", Hundley said.

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