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

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

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

Alabama has reached the College Football Playoff, and it will be part of a fascinating Sugar Bowl on January 1.

Alabama defeated Clemson, 35-31 for the 2015 national title while the Tigers won last year's game, 45-40, on a last-second touchdown.

It will also be the third-consecutive year that the two teams have faced each other in the postseason.

"Everything coming into the spring was, 'Oh, man, you won a national championship, how do you stay focused?' We had checked the box, so now we're going to quit working at Clemson", Swinney said. Alabama finished its regular season with an 11-1 record after losing at Auburn in its final game.

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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. We're very pleased and proud and happy.

No. 1 Clemson is the top seed in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years as they look to win their second-straight College Football Playoff National Championship.

The debate over the playoff committee's decision to select Alabama ahead of Ohio State still hasn't died down, but there's no doubting the Tide's strength: Alabama brings unmatched playoff pedigree, plus a dominant run game and an elite defense that will have had a month to recover following an Iron Bowl loss to Auburn.

Nick Saban participated in a Sugar Bowl teleconference Sunday afternoon.

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The College Football Playoff era has yet to produce a back-to-back champion.

Zach Lentz is a Clemson University alumnus who got his start working with the Tigers basketball team from 1999-2004. Alabama is the Sugar Bowl's most frequent visitor, with LSU next with 13 appearances.

"I hate to admit that we had recruits in for official visits this weekend", Saban said. For a chance at the national championship and they do without having to face Georgia along the way. An Alabama wins their matchup in the Sugar Bowl against Clemson and all SEC national title game which I'm sure the national media will just love did it the did they get it right. "Because when you have that much time to prepare with that coaching staff, there's usually not going to be a letdown". "We're attacking to try to go win another one".

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