What Clemson fans need to know about Sugar Bowl

Henrietta Brewer
December 5, 2017

"When I got here, everybody was waiting for me and it was very exciting and we're very pleased and proud and happy".

It will also be the third-consecutive year that the two teams have faced each other in the postseason. After sleeping on it, they settled on Alabama over Ohio State. "It had been a long time since Alabama had won a National Championship".

Although Alabama's next game will be a national semifinal in college football's four-team playoff, it is also a bowl game, and a familiar one at that. The game, which will kick off January 1 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, will feature the No. 1 Clemson Tigers, who are the defending National Champions and the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide, who claimed the title in the 2015-16 season.

By taking care of business in the ACC Championship, the only question for top-ranked Clemson centered on its opponent in the All Star Sugar Bowl.

No. 1 Clemson (12-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs.

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.

"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. Three Tide players, tight end Miller Forristall, linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton and safety Hootie Jones will not be available for the semi-final Playoff game. "We're attacking for another one", Swinney said.

Swinney was a walk-on on that Bama team and didn't factor into the game's outcome, but Alabama won 34-13 for its last pre-Nick Saban national title.

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. And that's why we did it.

Saban said he was flipping back and forth between the Ohio State-Wisconsin and Clemson-Miami games on Saturday night. "If we would have lost to an unranked team in the SEC by 31 points, we wouldn't even be in the conversation", Saban said, a reference to Ohio State's 55-24 loss to unranked Iowa last month.

"The selection committee favored Alabama's whole body of work", he said.

The debate between Alabama and Ohio State was one of the most compelling in the playoff's four years of existence, giving the the Crimson Tidethe edge with a resume with less blemishes than the Buckeyes.

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