Clemson and Alabama will meet in the College Football Playoffs semifinals on January 1 in Allstate Sugar Bowl, giving New Orleans a rematch of the national championship games of the past two years. Alabama won the National title two years ago, then Clemson avenged it last season to capture the college football championship.
Clemson (No. 1) will face Alabama (No. 4) in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, LA on New Year's Day at 8:45 p.m. ET.
The victor of the contest moves on to face the victor of the Rose Bowl, which has No. 2 Georgia facing No. 3 Oklahoma, in the national title game, scheduled for Monday Jan. 8 in Atlanta, GA. Was going to cruise in the SEC championship him beat Georgia and that would have definitely locked out Alabama I think from the national title contention so. Alabama finished the season 11-1, but did not win their conference championship. Southern California and Ohio State met in three consecutive Rose Bowls at the end of the 1972, 1973 and 1974 seasons. We're very pleased and proud and happy.
Even though the Tigers are the "defending" national champions, having just won their conference and securing the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, it is clear the Tigers will once again find themselves playing a familiar role when they face off against Alabama - the role of the underdog.
The debate over the playoff committee's decision to select Alabama ahead of Ohio State still hasn't died down, but there's no doubting the Tide's strength: Alabama brings unmatched playoff pedigree, plus a dominant run game and an elite defense that will have had a month to recover following an Iron Bowl loss to Auburn.
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Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. The Sugar Bowl is easily Alabama's most frequent destination through its storied history, with the Orange Bowl in Miami and the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next in line with eight visits to each.
"We're the attacking champs", Swinney said. Ohio State finished the season 11-2 after beating No. 4 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game Saturday night.
"This is the third straight year we have played Alabama in the postseason and they have been two great games".