Clemson, Alabama matchup a 'home run' for Allstate Sugar Bowl

Selection Sunday, will Alabama make the college football playoffs?
ESPN analysts overwhelmingly favor Alabama over Ohio State for last College Football Playoff spot
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04 December, 2017

In 2014, the first season of the four-team CFP, Ohio State made it to the national championship game and beat OR 42-20 at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys that has hosted the Cotton Bowl since the 2009 season. Georgia and Oklahoma will play in the Rose Bowl in the other semifinal.

No. 1 Clemson (12-1) defeated No. 4 Alabama (11-1) in last year's championship game after losing to the Tide in the previous season's title game. Both teams had two-loss champions which evidently didn't impress the committee.

Defending national champion Clemson (12-1) is the top seed and will play the fourth-seeded Crimson Tide for the third consecutive year in the postseason.

Georgia and Alabama were named to college football's four-team playoff this afternoon, giving the Southeastern Conference half of the field for the first time in the four-year history of the event. It won the 2015 national championship game over Clemson before falling to the same Tiger program in 2016. Oklahoma's resume only improved since then, with wins over Oklahoma State, TCU (twice, including in the Big 12 Championship), and West Virginia. Clemson entered selection day with eight wins over teams with a.500 or better record, including victories over Auburn and Miami. The Tide's last appearance was in the CFP's inaugural season where the Crimson Tide suffered a 42-35 loss to the Ohio State.

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It was a point Saban made during his Saturday night politicking on ESPN. "You wouldn't even be talking to me".

"Everybody kind of forgets about that game".

As a result, there was a pretty reasonable consensus across the college football polls for Badger football.


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