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ACC commissioner John Swofford left gives Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney left the trophy after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Miami in Charlotte N.C. Saturday Dec. 2 2017. (AP

Clemson Will Meet Alabama In The Sugar Bowl

Alabama has reached the College Football Playoff, and it will be part of a fascinating Sugar Bowl on January 1. Alabama won the National title two years ago, then Clemson avenged it last season to capture the college football championship. But right or wrong, Alabama is the #4 team and will face #1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's day.

The other semifinal will pit No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl at 4pm ct. Alabama finished its regular season with an 11-1 record after losing at Auburn in its final game. I think they're a better football team over the course of the season.

Even though the Tigers are the "defending" national champions, having just won their conference and securing the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, it is clear the Tigers will once again find themselves playing a familiar role when they face off against Alabama - the role of the underdog. The selection committee picked the Tide No. 4, and facing the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 at 7:45pm ct. They went on the road to beat rival SC 34-10 on November 25 and then beat Miami 38-3 in the ACC championship game on Saturday.

On Sunday, Saban expressed his satisfaction and excitement for the Alabama football team being involved in the Playoff and the Sugar Bowl.

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No. 1 Clemson (12-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Nick Saban also has a 2004 Sugar Bowl win that led to an LSU 2003 national championship.

Alabama hasn't seen great Sugar Bowl appearances in recent years, but Cubelic thinks this year that will change.

"We're the attacking champs", Swinney said.

This will be the third straight season the Tide and Tigers meet in the post season. I told Deshaun wouldn't it be something if we came back here for the semifinals in a few months. The Sugar Bowl is easily Alabama's most frequent destination through its storied history, with the Orange Bowl in Miami and the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next in line with eight visits to each. And the Iron Bowl says one text message to date 7870 goes on to say he news that he would end up one of the top four teams in Red Cross is his way into the national. "Because when you have that much time to prepare with that coaching staff, there's usually not going to be a letdown".

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