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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.

Clemson vs Alabama

Clemson vs Alabama

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.

Alabama vs Clemson

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.

Where is the Sugar Bowl 2017 semifinal, and how can I watch?

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.