Clemson earns one-seed in Playoff, facing Alabama in Sugar Bowl

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The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoffs Semifinal on Sugar Bowl on January 1, at 8:45 PM ET, at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Louisiana.

Alabama defeated Clemson 45-40 in the National Championship at the end of the 2015 season in Phoenix, Arizona, while the Tigers won past year 35-31 in Tampa, Fla.

"And at that time, Alabama hadn't won a National Championship - it's not like now, they win it like every year or every other year with Coach Saban", Swinney continued.

Cubelic said nationally, the odds will be 50/50 on whether Alabama or Clemson takes home the title, but.

One of the reasons for Alabama football's success this season can be attributed to leadership of quarterback Jalen Hurts who is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,940 yards and 15 touchdowns against only an interception.

The debate for the final spot was between Alabama and Ohio State.

From the first practice of spring camp, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made one thing very clear to his team - they were not defending anything.

At the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, Alabama opened as a 1-point favorite over the Tigers.

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He said for Alabama, the key to the Sugar Bowl will be to win the line of scrimmage. Maybe they won a scratchoff on a game devised by the College Football Playoff selection committee called "Flamin' Fours". For a chance at the national championship and they do without having to face Georgia along the way.

"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.

"This is the third straight year we have played Alabama in the postseason and they have been two great games".

"This is really fantastic the way it has worked out", said Swinney.

Ohio State claimed a Big Ten title on Saturday night, taking down previously-fourth-ranked Wisconsin - which was the last undefeated Power 5-conference team - to give it two victories over teams ranked in the Top 5. "We're attacking to try to go win another one".

Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004.

Clemson Athletics contributed to this article.

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