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.
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
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.