Where to watch Super bowl 2018 live stream online free

How to watch Super bowl 2018 live stream online free

It is fun watching the Super Bowl 2018. Millions of fans will be watching the Super bowl 2018 this Sunday when the New Englang Patriots will be playing the Philadelphia Eagles. The game will be on this Sunday, February 4. The game will kick off at 11:30 pm GMT, 6:30 pm ET and 3:30 pm Pacific time. The climax of the super bowl 2018 is expected to be watched by millions of fans from America and the whole world. You need not miss watching this Super bowl game.

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In case you do not get a chance to attend the game or watch it via the TV, you can stream it online from your convenient place. To stream the game online for free from any part of the world where there is no access to watch it, you need to download and install a VPN. Consider choosing a tested and tried VPN like ExpressVPN as it is compatible with all your devices. ExpressVPN can be installed on devices like PlayStation, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Xbox. From any of these devices, you will get to stream the game without distractions of commercial breaks.

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Another sure and easy way of getting access to watch the Super Bowl 2018 is through connecting to a UK server location. Open your installed VPN if you are not in the UK and choose any location within the UK. All locations in the UK have access to live stream, and hence you will get connected. TVPlayer is another service that will give you access to watch the Super bowl 2018 for free through live streaming online. TVPlayer is a service that will offer you hundreds of channels, and you need not necessarily log in. BBC, a channel within this service, will show the game live without any commercials so you can be assured of uninterrupted coverage.

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Super Bowl 2018 – Patriots what 3 keys to beat the Eagles in NFL Final

The New England Patriots can pull off back-to-back titles — and three in the past four years — with a victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Although the Pats enter the game as solid favorites, thanks to the presence of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the Eagles are a formidable foe with the potential to give New England problems on both sides of the ball.

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Given some time to study the All-22 Coaches Film, I’ve come up with three keys to a Patriots victory:
1) Lean on running backs in the passing game.

Everyone in football knows New England loves to use running backs to create mismatches in the aerial attack. For years, the Patriots have deployed guys like J.R. Redmond, Kevin Faulk, Danny Woodhead and Shane Vereen, among other, to exploit suspect cover skills of linebackers and safeties in the open field. That’s certainly been the case in the 2017 campaign.

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Josh McDaniels routinely crafts game plans around these kinds of personnel advantages, with Tom Brady targeting overmatched defenders into submission. New England running backs combined for the second-most receptions (126) and receiving yards (957) in the NFL this season, while posting a league-best nine receiving touchdowns. Looking at the per-game averages (including the playoffs) — 10.5 targets, 8.3 receptions and 62.2 receiving yards — it’s easy to see how much of a role Pats RBs play in the passing game on a weekly basis. New England entered most games this season knowing it could exploit the opponent’s vulnerabilities at linebacker. The Eagles, though, are a bit of a different story.

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Including the postseason, Philadelphia has surrendered the second-fewest scrimmage yards per game to running backs (100.1); the Eagles’ ability to tackle well on the perimeter has played a big role in that feat. Mychal Kendricks, Nigel Bradham and Dannell Ellerbe have formed a pretty solid linebacking corps. Kendricks (87.3) and Bradham (82.2), in particular, earned high marks from Pro Football Focus for their play this season. Although PFF grades aren’t gospel, they’re a useful tool for evaluating individual performance. And Philly’s linebackers do indeed stand out on the All-22 tape; Kendricks and Bradham play like their hair’s on fire, exhibiting outstanding hustle and pursuit at all times.

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However, Eagles LBs have rarely been isolated on the perimeter. New England’s myriad spread and empty formations — with running backs aligned in various spots — could put each of Philly’s ‘backers on an island. Ellerbe, in particular, might find himself in deep water if the Pats can isolate him in the middle on a variety of option routes between the hashes to exploit his underwhelming stop-start quickness in space.

With that in mind, I believe this could be one of those games where we see the Patriots throw 50-plus times, giving TB12 plenty of chances to pick apart the defense with short throws. The Eagles’ defensive line is so good against the run that the “dink and dunk” game might provide New England with a greater chance to succeed on offense. With Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead adept at chewing up yards after the catch, the Pats should put the ball in their hands early and often.
2) Aggressively defend RPOs and quick passes.

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Matt Patricia and Bill Belichick do everything in their power to take away “crutches” from opposing quarterbacks. Whether it’s playing higher coverage to eliminate quick passes to the perimeter or falling into max zones (eight-man coverages) to test the discipline and accuracy of suspect throwers, the Patriots employ a number of tactics designed to force QBs out of their comfort zone. While every defensive coordinator in football says he wants to force quarterbacks to win with their second and third pitches, New England is one of the few defenses that consistently forces opposing signal-callers off their game.

Against the Eagles vs Patriots face a red-hot quarterback coming off one of the best performances of his career. Nick Foles absolutely carved up the Minnesota Vikings’ top-ranked defense in the NFC title game with a combination of pinpoint underneath throws and scripted haymakers to every area of the field. The spectacular performance from No. 9 changed the narrative surrounding the Eagles’ offense with the QB2 at the helm — filling in for injured star Carson Wentz — and forced observers to re-evaluate the potency of the unit in Super Bowl LII.

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Studying the numbers from Foles’ most recent performances (two playoff games), it’s hard to ignore his efficiency running the offense. He has completed 77.8 percent of his passes, averaged nearly 300 passing yards per game (299.0), posted a 3:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio and compiled a 122.1 passer rating. In addition, Foles has averaged a whopping 9.5 yards per attempt while showcasing a better deep ball than many anticipated. While it’s easy to dismiss this production as simply a two-game hot streak, it would be silly to ignore his rock-solid numbers since taking over as the starter in Week 15. Since that point, he has completed 64 percent of his passes with an 8:2 TD-to-INT ratio and a 96.4 passer rating. For comparison’s sake, Brady has posted a 63.9 percent completion rate, 10:2 TD-to-INT ratio and 97.6 passer rating during that same span.

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Looking at the All-22 footage, the Eagles have helped Foles find his rhythm by prominently featuring RPOs (run-pass options) in the game plan. These plays instruct the quarterback to count the numbers in the box pre-snap and determine whether to hand the ball to a running back or throw to a receiver on quick pass (slant or bubble screen). In addition, these plays also feature a post-snap read where Foles keys on a designated defender to help make that aforementioned decision. We’ve seen these concepts — which are more prevalent in high school and college — trickle up into the NFL recently, but no one does it better than the Eagles. Just look at this Pro Football Focus split of Foles’ numbers from this season (including the nfl playoff):

Foles running RPOs: 93.8 percent completion rate, 0:0 TD-to-INT ratio, 96.6 passer rating.
Foles running Non-RPOs: 61.5 percent completion rate, 8:2 TD-to-INT ratio ratio, 94.4 passer rating.

In a league where a 70 percent completion mark puts you among the ranks of the elite, Foles’ 93.8 figure on RPOs would earn him a gold jacket over time. That’s ridiculous efficiency from a quarterback, particularly a QB2 who’s been thrust into the lineup during the stretch run of the season.

Given how well Foles has played in an RPO-based system, the Patriots have to make stopping those plays a top priority in 2018 Super Bowl LII. They will need to cloud Foles’ pre-snap reads with constant movement near the line of scrimmage to mess up his count. In addition, New England must smother the Eagles’ receivers in tight man coverage. RPOs are designed to kill zone coverage because they put a designated defender in a bind and there’s a built-in answer to his reaction. But man coverage eliminates the quandary and makes it a one-on-one battle on the perimeter.

Since New England’s a man-heavy team (Cover 1-Rat), the Pats have enough defenders in place to stop the Eagles’ preferred RPO concept (inside/outside zone run with back-side slant route). The bump-and-run coverage on the outside should disrupt the release and timing of the route, forcing Foles to make a tight-window throw. With Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler adept at challenging receivers at the line, man-heavy tactics should bode well for New England.

Here’s the thing, though: The Patriots have struggled to defend RPOs all season. They’ve surrendered 5.6 yards per play on RPOs (fifth-most in the NFL, according to PFF), and they had a difficult time slowing down the Jaguars’ RPOs. Remember all those first-half bubble screens to little-known Jags RB Corey Grant? Thus, Belichick’s crew must be prepared to see the bubble screen featured prominently in Philly’s game plan. The perimeter defenders must work on block destruction — to minimize the space for pass catchers to run — while the rest of the defense needs to hustle to the ball and keep gains to a minimum. These plays need to be held to 4 yards or fewer early in the game, or the Eagles will run them over and over to pick up easy yards.

The Patriots should also consider dialing up more pressure against Foles in Super Bowl LII to disrupt the timing of Philadelphia’s passing game. No. 9 hasn’t performed well under pressure this season and the constant harassment could force him to turn it over. Check out this breakdown on Foles’ season (including the playoffs), courtesy of PFF:

Foles under pressure: 48.0 percent completion rate, 2:2 TD-to-INT, 64.2 passer rating.
Foles from a clean pocket: 71.9 percent completion rate, 6:0 TD-to-INT, 109.9 passer rating.

The creative utilization of a variety of five-man pressures will disrupt the timing of the RPO game and force Foles to think quickly under duress. If the Patriots can get the backup QB out of whack with a blitz-happy game plan, turnovers could come in bunches on Super Bowl Sunday.
3) Thwart the Eagles’ ground attack.

OK, despite all of the attention on Foles and the Eagles’ passing game of late, the team’s ground-and-pound attack is really the centerpiece of Doug Pederson’s game plan. The Eagles finished the regular season ranked third in rushing offense (132.2 yards per game), largely fueled by the big-bodied duo of Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount. With Corey Clement also chipping in as the RB3, Philadelphia bludgeons opponents with a diverse rushing attack that hits between the tackles and on the edges from a variety of power and spread formations.

Studying coaches tape from the Eagles’ regular-season and playoff games, Pederson has clearly defined roles for each of his runners in the backfield. Ajayi is the lead back, with a crafty running style that blends finesse with power. He excels at running between the tackles, but also flashes enough quickness and acceleration to turn the corner on outside runs. Blount is a bulldozer with the size, strength and power to run through contact in the hole. He also boasts enough athleticism to hurdle cut tacklers on the perimeter. Clement’s a nifty change-of-pace back with a solid set of skills. Despite limited playing time and touches, he is a viable threat to grind out first downs on inside or outside runs. The undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin shows some quickness and burst to turn the corner, but he is rugged enough to move the pile on inside runs. Considering the depth of this backfield and Pederson’s patience with the running game, it is no surprise the Eagles are 12-1 this season when the team rushes for 100-plus yards.

That’s why the Patriots must make a concerted effort to take away Philadelphia’s rushing attack in a Foles-led offense. Sure, the veteran showed the football world he could win a game as a playmaker in the NFC title bout, but the pressure of pulling that off again — in the Super Bowl, no less — could force him out of his comfort zone, especially if the ground game isn’t working.

Remember, Belichick wants to make opponents play “left-handed” (take away their strengths) by neutralizing top options and forcing others to make plays. Against the Eagles’ dynamic backfield, he could be forced to play more “plus-one” defenses with an extra defender aligned in the box. As a man-to-man team with Cover 1-Rat (man coverage with an underneath robber at 10 yards and a deep-post safety) as a base call, New England can easily deploy another safety near the line of scrimmage to get a free hitter to the runner.

This tactic has been effective for the Patriots down the stretch, as they’ve allowed just 72.5 rushing yards per game (3.2 per carry) since Week 16. Most importantly, New England has shut down quality runners in the backfield: Derrick Henry managed just 28 yards on 12 carries in the Divisional Round, while Leonard Fournette carried the ball 24 times for a meager 76 yards in the AFC title game. That’s pretty impressive, especially when you consider the Patriots’ first four showdowns against teams that went on to finish the regular season with a top-10 rushing offense:

— vs. Kansas City, Week 1: 185 rushing yards (6.9 per carry).
— at New Orleans, Week 2: 81 rushing yards (4.8 per carry).
— vs. Carolina, Week 4: 140 rushing yards (4.8 per carry).
— at Buffalo, Week 13: 183 rushing yards (7.0 per carry).

The onus is the Patriots’ front seven to clog up the running lanes at the point of attack. New England is typically a “read and react” defense along the line, but the Pats could employ more run blitzes to plug the holes against Ajayi, Blount and Clement. With an extra defender also hovering around the box, the Patriots could make life difficult for the Eagles on Super Bowl Sunday.

If New England can keep Philly under the 100-yard rushing mark, Brady, Belichick and Co. could walk away with yet another Lombardi Trophy.

National Championship Game 2018: Date, Time Live Stream TV Info

Alabama football fans, National Championship Game check out the Bama Hammer staff predictions for the Crimson Tide’s 2018 National Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs. Could anything be more fitting than an all-SEC national championship game 2018?

Unless one is from the SEC, barely anyone wanted to see this game. From social media flooding hate to college football analysts trashing the Southeastern Conference for being weaker than in previous years, the two best teams in college football ended up from that conference.

In a year where all kinds of hate was spewed around not only the college football world but also the real world around us, the two top teams that made it past all obstacles are the two programs run by the two head coaches who would rather stay out of the spotlight. All Nick Saban and Kirby Smart have wanted to do is play football and keep their players focused on one thing: the national championship game.

They run their programs the same way. Alabama football is ranked first overall in the country for total defense, while Georgia is ranked sixth. Both offenses are run by young quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts and Jake Fromm, whom have helped their teams to 37.9 and 36.3 points per game for their respective teams. Georgia’s running game is ranked eighth in the country with 267.4 yards per game, while Alabama is a close 10th with 255.8 yards per game.

The differences are pretty thin, especially since both teams have only one loss and each one was to the same team, Auburn. That is where the comparisons need to be made. AFC Championship 2018

Even though it appears the embrace started from the other direction, Alabama punter JK Scott insists he initiated the hug. The timing of this photo that spread around the Internet like wildfire gives the impression that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban grabbed Scott on his graduation day and said something to the tune of “Please don’t go. NFC Championship 2018

That might have made for a better story, but it isn’t true. While Saban probably does feel that way about the lanky specialist from Denver who has been one of Alabama’s best players from the moment he set foot on campus (no, really), it was Scott who wanted to show his appreciation to a coach who appreciates the hidden yards a great punter can squirrel away for his team. “Nobody hugs Coach Saban,” Scott said. “I just hugged him. I’m a big hugger.” AFC Championship

Either Scott or his Georgia counterpart Cameron Nizialek could get a bearhug from his coach following Monday’s national title game. The Bulldogs’ defense allows 4.7 yards a play, No. 8 in the nation. The Tide’s defense allows 3.9 yards a play. That’s the best in the country. Yards will come at a premium, and the punter who has the best night might wind up the national title game’s most valuable player. (Or he might be the player who most deserves to win the MVP, which probably will wind up going to a quarterback. NFC Championship

It may seem odd to write a national title game preview about the punters, but this story is critical for two reasons. First, these teams might not have made it to Atlanta without these punters. Second, this column is called Punt, Pass and Pork. It has existed for four seasons. It has featured plenty of words about passing and about pork. But until today, it never had focused on punting. Championship Game

Still, the change in stakes hasn’t bothered Nizialek. He doubts he’ll be nervous for the national title game. He’s already punted once in Mercedes-Benz Stadium—in the SEC championship game win against Auburn—so he knows the sight lines. “You have to treat it like every other game,” he said.

Scott also has punted in the national title game venue. The Tide opened their season there with a win against Florida State. That was the game Scott debuted a new punting style that he hoped would gain Alabama more of those hidden yards.

By the end of his junior season, Scott already had put together a stellar career at Alabama. He was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award as a freshman in 2014, and he had averaged 46.3 yards a kick over three seasons with 73 punts of 50 yards or more. But it bothered Scott that opponents had returned 20 of his punts for a total of 213 yards. To him, the net mattered more than the gross, and the opponent’s starting field position mattered most.

In December 2016, Nizialek graduated from Columbia with an economics degree. Nizialek had spent three and a half years on campus and been part of four football teams. But he hadn’t seen the field his freshman season. According to the NCAA, he could play one more year. But the Ivy League doesn’t allow redshirting, so if Nizialek wanted to take advantage of that final year, he’d have to do it elsewhere. The son of two Duke graduates, Nizialek hadn’t concentrated on football prestige when choosing which college he would attend after he graduated from Freedom High in Woodbridge, Va. “Out of high school, my focus was to get the best degree I could,” he said. “I never focused on playing big or playing at the next level. I never thought I could play at the NFL. As I developed my career, I thought that might be a possibility.

Georgia was fortunate to vindicate themselves by beating Auburn in the rematch for the SEC championship; however, even in victory, the blueprint was there for Alabama to exploit. Fromm completed 16 of 22 pass attempts for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed three times for a total of four yards. Fromm’s legs are athletic but rarely used. He never needed to do much else than throw back-shoulder passes to his wide receivers near the sidelines.

Why try throwing it down the middle when one has Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and D’Andre Swift running the ball? Auburn could not handle Swift and Michel running to the outside, while Chubb was a force up the middle for short yardage situations. These three men allowed Fromm to make safe passes for easy first downs.

Yet, why did Georgia lose that first game to the Tigers? Auburn eliminated Chubb from the equation. When Georgia needed a first down, Chubb could only muster 27 yards on 11 carries. It affected the rest of the game. Michel could only gain 21 yards on nine carries and Swift had 18 yards on a mere four rushing opportunities.

When Chubb kept getting the ball, Georgia could not push for big yardage up the middle. The offense would stall, forcing many third-down-and-long situations that Fromm could not convert. It made Fromm have to pass the ball in the middle of the field, which led to a 13 for 28 night for the freshman. No interceptions to speak of, but he could not make the second and third reads fast enough before the Auburn defense hunted him down for four sacks and six QB hurries.

What about the Oklahoma shootout at the Rose Bowl? One would remember that Georgia’s running game is what helped them survive. That and the fact that Oklahoma’s defense was sketchy at best.

Alabama’s issue with Auburn? It wasn’t the running game so much as it was a lack of running the ball. Rushing studs Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough rushed for 51 and 46 yards on just 12 combined carries. For some reason, Alabama’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll made Hurts run the ball a great deal, if he chose not to throw the ball. Hurts ended up running for 82 yards on 18 carries while completing only 12 of 22 passes for 112 yards.

With many of Alabama’s defensive core much healthier than they have been all season, all one has to do is look at the Clemson game to see how the Crimson Tide will feast tonight. Alabama will slow down Georgia’s running game to a crawl. While Georgia has the potential to do the same thing to Alabama’s rushers, the difference will lay with Hurts.

If Hurts can show the balance in attack that he showed throughout the season, excluding the Auburn game, it will keep Georgia’s defense honest. They will need to worry about the sophomore’s legs and newly improved ability to throw the ball down the middle of the field. Fromm’s freshman vision still needs work, which will be the Bulldogs’ downfall with defensive backs like Minkah Fitzpatrick ready to capitalize on any mistakes.

Prediction: expect Alabama to win the game by getting out to a lead in the first half, which will compound the problem for Georgia. They will have to throw the ball more, which only adds to the confusion and fury that Fromm will be held under.

Clemson vs Alabama – Who will win the Sugar Bowl 2018?

Two of the best four remaining college programs face off in College Football’s 2018 Sugar Bowl. While it won’t be for all the marbles like the last two battles, number 1 seed, Clemon facing the fourth seed, Alabama–figures to be an epic matchup with potential last minute heroics.

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If you expect otherwise, one only needs to look at the last two matchup between the Tigers and Crimson Tide you will find some below. It is not really impossible for the Tigers to beat Alabama twice in a row. The Crimson Tide’s are acting Like Underdogis and looks like not favored in its semifinal game. Clemson, in last year’s title game and, more recently, a season-ending defeat at the hands of Auburn in the Iron Bowl. In fact, on Saturday at the Sugar Bowl Media Day, a reporter had the audacity to ask Nick Saban about his team’s somewhat unorthodox path to New Orleans: No Iron Bowl win, no SEC championship, wondering if it’d get in as the seeds were announced.

Game: Alabama vs Clemson

Bowl: Sugar Bowl 2018

Time & Date: Monday at 7:45 pm. ET

TV: ESPN

Stream: WatchLiveStream

In 2016, Alabama and Derrick Henry were just too much power, and coach Saban’s trickery bested the Crimson Tigers 45-40. The victory for Alabama secured their dominance in CFB as it was their 4th title in 7 years.

But it was Alabama’s last title, because Clemson would come back the following year and with the leadership of Deshaun Watson, the TIgers got their revenge in the last seconds of the game to secure their 2nd college championship bowl in the team’s history.

 However, Alabama vs Clemson are more of a playoff rivalry than anything. The last time Clemson beat Alabama in a regular season game was back in 00,’ 04,’ and 05.’.. in the 1900’s. Since then, Alabama has dominated the Clemson Tigers.

 Yet, Alabama is always threat because they may have the best coach in college football of all-time, who always institutes a mad game plan. Known for his aggressive defensive scheme, the tables are turned this year.

 While Alabama poses a threat on D, it’s the Tigers who have a better defense ranking third in the Football Bowl Subdivision in sacks with 3.4 per game.

 Led by Watson’s surprise prize and replacement, quarterback-Kelly Bryant, the running threat and elusive signal caller as well as that fierce and stingy defense is a different and yet better team than last year’s.

 It will be up to Alabama’s signal caller, Jalen Hurts, who has been if anything, efficient, to tack up enough yards and hopefully punch it in to wideout and a sure 2018 first round draft pick in the NFL, Calvin Ridley. With the tandem of 6.8 yards per carry from Adam Choice and CJ Fuller, Alabama will have to play an overall balanced and smart attack to win.

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It’s hard to bet against Saban and the Crimson Tide. They are the epitome of CFB greatness and play great bowl football when it matters. They exuded a dominance that is similar to Saban’s confidante, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.

 However, the Tide haven’t had all of their starting unit this year on defense. The lack of chemistry and rust is sure to factor in against an efficient offense like Dabo Swinney’s Tigers.

 Kelley Bryant will make just enough passes when it matters, and elude edge pressure from the Tide’s defensive rush, to scramble and make plays. That Crimson defense is too nasty and Hurts is too raw to square up against it. The Tigers contain the Tide’s run game, get to quarterback Hurts, and hold Alabama to under 20 points for the win.

Alabama vs Clemson – Sugar Bowl 2018 Preview

The college bowl games are quickly approaching. There are some great match ups in these games but Alabama vs Clemson  is one of the most exciting and anticipated rematch of the college football calendar. Because of against the Tigers with a third consecutive postseason meeting with Alabama, the No. 4 team in the country. Here you need to know about Alabama vs Clemson – Sugar Bowl 2018 football game preview.

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Alabama vs Clemson

Clemson Tigers have a great season. They destroyed Miami for their playoff spot and they stayed ranked at number three during the regular season. Clemson is one of the few teams that have given Alabama trouble over the last few years, and despite Alabama’s quest to avenge last season’s defeat in the national championship, the Tigers will come out on top thanks to players like Feaster, Renfrow and McCloud who will open up the Alabama defense in the second half.

Alabama got by the regular season but had a great deal of difficulty. They made the playoffs in part to the horrible season that Florida State had but still some of the wins were so close they it was almost scary.

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Team: Clemson (12-1, 7-1 in ACC) vs. Alabama (11-1, 7-1 in SEC)

Stadium and city: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans

Date and time: Jan. 1, 8:45 p.m. ET

TV and streaming: ESPN and WatchESPN

Many sports experts’ fans wonder if Alabama even deserved to be playing in the Sugar Bowl. Many feel that Ohio State should be in their place. Still Alabama pulled off the win and they are preparing to take on Clemson.

Alabama does have a strong running game and their quarterback has over 500 yards rushing. Clemson has a very talented defense and they are looking to put a stop to the running game that Alabama is going to bring.

The Sugar Bowl plays host to a Playoff semi every three years. In years when the Sugar hosts one semi, the Rose hosts the other. This is the second of those instances, after the two historic bowl games kicked off the inaugural Playoff at the end of the 2014 season. The Playoff is massive every year, and so are the Rose and Sugar Bowls (if a bit less so) even when they’re not doubling as Playoff games. It’s extra special when these two games are involved in the sport’s main event, as they are this year.

The players on Clemson are entering the game pretty roughed up and their defense has been in better shape earlier in the season. They have two linebackers, Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller who have not played since the beginning of the season. The defense has also given up yardage over the season. Alabama is going to be missing Hootie Jones who has a knee injury. The team is resting up and the rest of the players are looking pretty healthy for the big game.

“We’re the defending national (champions), we’re the guys that are going to have to deliver the punch,” cornerback Ryan Carter said. “At the end of the day, I think we’re excited about going into the College Football Playoff being No. 1. We’re excited about the opportunity to play Alabama again, Part 3.

“It’s a little bit surreal, but I know guys are excited about the challenge and … we’re trying to be the bad guys on the block for sure.”

While the game can go either way Clemson is slightly favored. They have proven they are a tough team on both offense and defense. They are in a good position to come out ahead but Alabama will not make it easy for them.