Alabama has reached the College Football Playoff, and it will be part of a fascinating Sugar Bowl on January 1.
Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 in the CFP national championship game last season.
This will be just the second time in FBS history that two teams meet in the postseason three consecutive years.
The other semifinal will pit No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl at 4pm ct.
Clemson and Alabama met for the last two national titles - splitting those games - and we'll get a third installment a round earlier than anyone would have expected, and it will come in the heart of SEC country in New Orleans.
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"They weren't games they were playing for a National Championship, they were games they were just playing as a reward for having a good season, and I think that's going to be the difference in this game", he explained.
The debate between Alabama and Ohio State was one of the most compelling in the playoff's four years of existence, giving the the Crimson Tidethe edge with a resume with less blemishes than the Buckeyes. We're very pleased and proud and happy.
Alabama despite being the No. 4 seed will play closer to home than Clemson at the Sugar Bowl. They went on the road to beat rival SC 34-10 on November 25 and then beat Miami 38-3 in the ACC championship game on Saturday.
Alabama will be without starting safety Hootie Jones for its College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson, head coach Nick Saban announced on ESPN on Sunday. Alabama is the Sugar Bowl's most frequent visitor, with LSU next with 13 appearances.
No. 1 Clemson (12-1, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. "We're attacking for another one", Swinney said. The last time I went to the Sugar Bowl I went with Alabama as a player 25 years ago. I mean, like I said earlier in the year, if we had the same team back, but we've got a different team. Clemson opened this season 6-0, lost 27-24 at unranked Syracuse and then ran off six straight wins including a 38-3 domination of No. 7 Miami in Saturday night's ACC championship game. And the Iron Bowl says one text message to date 7870 goes on to say he news that he would end up one of the top four teams in Red Cross is his way into the national.