The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 2 Tigers both had double-digit victories in their semifinal games Saturday, setting up what has quickly become an annual postseason meeting.
And the victor this time will become the first 15-0 FBS champion.
Both teams will enter 14-0. The national title will be at the home stadium of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California. Talking to reporters, Kelly said "This felt so much different, like we gave up four plays that we uncharacteristically don't give up".
Tua Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and top-ranked Alabama defeated fourth-ranked Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night to earn a berth in the national championship game.
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"Really proud of our team".
Saban then said that was impressed with what Swinney has accomplished at Clemson. "Oklahoma has got a great program and a great team, a great offensive team for sure, a lot of weapons, a lot of firepower". 18 Mississippi State on November 10 when they posted their second consecutive shutout victory. Already with a 16-3 lead with less than 10 seconds to play, Clemson took one last shot at the end zone. It didn't lose once in the regular season. It might be shocking to learn that eventual national champion Clemson was pretty darn good when it shut Ohio State out 31-0 after the 2016 season.
"Best teams are whatever you want to make it as the individual - and that's what it should be", Sallee said. Alabama has scored more than 30 points in all but two of its games this season; Clemson has done it in all but three. "They're hard to beat. but we're excited about the challenge, and we're off and running with our prep". "I'm just thankful that we got back and has a better result", Swinney said. Neither of those two games were big surprises to me. Our daily structure prepares us for this moment. "You're always looking at the next game and not looking too far ahead and all that, but it's no surprise to me that they're in the championship game, as well".
Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is a redshirt senior and in his final season with the Tigers, but it seems like he's been on the team's roster forever, right?