Jones out for Sugar Bowl against Clemson

Jones out for Sugar Bowl against Clemson

But before the Tigers can "attack" a second straight national championship, they must get through the Alabama Crimson Tide, who will face the Tigers for a third straight season - this time in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day (8:45 p.m., ESPN) in New Orleans.

It's unlikely that anyone has forgotten the teams' meetings in the past two title games: Alabama outlasted Clemson 45-40 after the 2015 season, led by 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Derrick Henry, before the Tigers turned the tables a year ago in a 35-31 epic that wasn't decided until Deshaun Watson completed a game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with one second left.

Alabama had never met Clemson in the postseason until each of the past two years, when they played in the championship games of the four-team playoff.

Oklahoma (12-1) which defeated TCU, 41-17 for the Big 12 championship is the No. 2 seed and Georgia's 28-7 victory against Auburn in the SEC title game earned the Bulldogs the No. 3 seed and their first CFP berth. Swinney played on the 1992 Alabama team that won a national title on January 1, 1993. Even though Alabama is not in our conference, I mean, any time you line up to play those guys, you know it's going to be an "everything you got" type of game. Does Alabama belong as the number four seed you know like I know it came down to Alabama and Ohio State in the and I do believe that.

"I am very proud of this team". Defensively, Clemson football yields 3.0 points and 120.0 total yards (1.0 in passing and 119.0 in rushing) per game. Alabama is the Sugar Bowl's most frequent visitor, with LSU next with 13 appearances.

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Then there's days like Sunday when Sugar Bowl executive director Paul Hoolihan, chief operating officer Jeff Hundley and every hotel and restaurant manager in the New Orleans area feels as if they all shared a multi-million dollar winning lottery ticket.

For the first time in years, Alabama football let someone else decide if they'd be in the running for a national championship title.

Alabama is 38-25-3 in bowl games and is trying to win its fifth national championship in nine seasons. "We were a team not picked to win the Atlantic Division and now we are in the playoff".

"We are familiar with each other, but the difference this year is that we will be playing in the semifinals so we will have more time to prepare for each other".

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