Alabama & Clemson share coaching & college football playoff history

Alabama opened as a four-point favorite over Georgia for next week's College Football Playoff championship game.

Alabama and Clemson will face off in the College Football Playoff Monday night in New Orleans. The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide a year ago behind his 420 passing yards and four total touchdowns. It's a rematch of the last two national title games, both of which were decided in the final seconds.

Two head coaches - Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney. Bama enters the postseason an inconsistent, but undeniably talented offense led by second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts, and one of the top-rated defenses in the country.

If Alabama and Georgia met for the SEC crown, a second loss would have made the loser a hard pick for the playoff. The Crimson Tide ranks third in rushing defense, the Tigers 12th. Kelly Bryant has led Clemson to the top of the rankings in his first season as a starting quarterback but he will be facing one of the best defenses in the nation.

Swinney knows that if you're going to play Alabama, a healthy team is a must. "We've only done that twice in the past with teams, but three times in a row is a very special, kind of a one-time thing".

Without Deshaun Watson, Clemson (12-2) simply has no answer for Saban's latest group of defensive standouts, sending Alabama (12-1) to an all-Southeastern Conference showdown against Georgia next Monday night in Atlanta.

  • Stacy Allen