Projected Vegas odds on Clemson-Alabama

ESPN's FPI predicts Alabama over Clemson

Projected Vegas odds on Clemson-Alabama

For the third straight year, the Clemson Tigers are heading to the College Football Playoff, taking on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

The Tigers will get their opportunity to win a second straight national title as they secured the No. 1 ranking in the College Football Playoff final ranking of the regular season - as well as the final Associated Press Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll.

The Crimson Tide will be making their 16th appearance in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day, when they take on Clemson in New Orleans.

There was no winning this argument for the selection committee, which last season gave the Buckeyes a playoff spot as it was in the same spot as the Crimson Tide this time around without the benefit of a division crown, let alone a league championship. The Crimson Tide and Tigers split those meetings. The game, which will kick off January 1 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, will feature the No. 1 Clemson Tigers, who are the defending National Champions and the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide, who claimed the title in the 2015-16 season.

Alabama averages 265.3 rushing yards per game and leads the SEC in rushing yards before contact at 4.17 per carry.

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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.

"Because we didn't finish the season the way we wanted to finish and didn't play like we like to play or to the standard that we like to play to, we put our fate in someone else's hands", Saban said. Championship playoffs I don't know if that's true or not but Steve Geller is it was purposeful or not it worked.

Early projected lines via 5Dimes have Alabama as a 2.5 favorite over No. 1 Clemson. "We're attacking for another one", Swinney said.

While Alabama will be without Jones, Saban said the rest of Alabama's roster will be "relatively healthy" for the game. I mean, like I said earlier in the year, if we had the same team back, but we've got a different team.

Alabama won its first 11 games this season, but lost 26-14 at then-No. "We certainly feel like we're one of the four best teams". "We only get to host this game every three years, so you hope you get a marquee matchup".

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