Every year, the All State Sugar Bowl in New Orleans features two of the best teams in college football and 2018 will be no different as the game will be a matchup of the two previous national champions. Deshuan Watson torched Alabama for 420 yards and three touchdowns during last year's 35-31 win over the Crimson Tide in the national championship game.
This will be just the second time in FBS history that two teams meet in the postseason three consecutive years.
Because the committee blessed the Sugar Bowl, host of a January 1 national semifinal, with No. 1 Clemson (12-1) vs.
"They weren't games they were playing for a National Championship, they were games they were just playing as a reward for having a good season, and I think that's going to be the difference in this game", he explained.
Ironically, the first one was in the first year of the CFP in 2014 when No. 4 Ohio State scored a 42-34 win over No. 1 Alabama.
The Crimson Tide will be making their 16th appearance in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day, when they take on Clemson in New Orleans.
Clemson defeated Miami (FL) 38-3 in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship game on Saturday night to improve its record to 12-1. Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls.
"The first year we played in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State, our players looked at that like it was still a bowl trip", Saban said.
Alabama will be without starting safety Hootie Jones for its College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson, head coach Nick Saban announced on ESPN on Sunday. Championship playoffs I don't know if that's true or not but Steve Geller is it was purposeful or not it worked. "We're attacking for another one", Swinney said. I told Deshaun wouldn't it be something if we came back here for the semifinals in a few months. "In the other playoff games we've played in since then, there's been a bit more focus and understanding of the consequences".
Clemson has been in only one previous Sugar Bowl - a 7-0 loss to LSU in the 1959 game after LSU has already been declared the national champion. "We were a team not picked to win the Atlantic Division and now we are in the playoff".