Your #1 Clemson Tigers will take on the #4 Alabama Crimson Tide in the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Clemson and Alabama will play in the Sugar Bowl, January 1st 2018, in New Orleans. Kickoff is at 8:45 PM ET. Dexter Lawrence is excited for the beignets. Rounding out the playoffs #2 Oklahoma will kick off against #3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl at 5:10 PM ET. The winner of the two games will meet in Atlanta for the National Championship.
Alabama is coming off of a bye week while they sat out the conference championships, and beat out Ohio State and USC among others for the final spot in the playoffs. The Tide are excellent as ever, although a string of injuries, especially in their linebacker core, left them vulnerable against Auburn and Mississippi State. Alabama still leads the nation in points allowed, giving up 11.5 per game. Clemson has been able to move the ball on Nick Saban’s Alabama teams as well as anybody, although the Tigers ability to do that without Deshaun Watson remains to be seen.
On offense the Tide have talented running backs, a solid offensive line and Jalen Hurts has continued to evolve into a really good dual threat quarterback. The loss of Lane Kiffin set the team back somewhat from an offensive coaching perspective, but like always Alabama is going to be a handful.