Last year, Clemson knocked off Alabama 35-31 to win the program's second national 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. Swinney played on the 1992 Alabama team that won a national title on January 1, 1993. "Ohio State, just too many flaws, in my opinion, to be number four and play for a national championship", he explained.
There are those times when a bowl's front office personnel force a smile through gritted teeth and play the hand that's dealt them with the teams that fall their way.
Early projected lines via 5Dimes have Alabama as a 2.5 favorite over No. 1 Clemson.
The Tigers will face a familiar foe, battling No. 4 Alabama for the third postseason in a row, facing the Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
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Clemson defeated Miami (FL) 38-3 in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game on Saturday night to improve its record to 12-1. Alabama is the Sugar Bowl's most frequent visitor, with LSU next with 13 appearances. Championship playoffs I don't know if that's true or not but Steve Geller is it was purposeful or not it worked.
The sports world was on fire when the College Football Playoff Committee made their decision on Sunday. The last time I went to the Sugar Bowl I went with Alabama as a player 25 years ago. "In the other playoff games we've played in since then, there's been a bit more focus and understanding of the consequences".
Of particular importance to Tide fans, the three injured linebackers, Mack Wilson, Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis, who saw limited action against Auburn should be near full-speed for the Clemson game.
"This is really wonderful the way it has worked out", said Swinney. I told Deshaun wouldn't it be something if we came back here for the semifinals in a few months.
Meanwhile, the Tide had just one win over a team ranked higher than 16th, and that was Florida State (which opened the season at No. 3, but had to reschedule a game against Louisiana Monroe postponed due to Hurricane Irma just to get bowl eligible), but dropped just one game, falling against SEC West champion Auburn (which ended No. 7 in the rankings). "We were a team not picked to win the Atlantic Division and now we are in the playoff".