Alabama & Clemson share coaching & college football playoff history

Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson gave Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts some advice about bouncing back from a big loss

Out of Alabama's four playoff teams, this one is probably the worst, but Clemson isn't the favorite. But it was a thing of beauty to the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban. The Tigers are the playoff's top seed, but when you combine all those elements listed above, they're also the most risky one in the playoff. "Man, there's so great, They've got this, they've got that". When the Tide were having offensive success in last year's matchup with Clemson, it was due to Bo Scarbrough running the ball.

Alabama punched its ticket to next Monday's title game by beating Clemson in the Sugar Bowl Playoff semifinal.

Clemson was good previous year in winning its first national championship in 36 seasons.

Gaddy says with Alabama and Clemson in two different conferences, the teams have not played each other often prior to these recent meetings. "You wonder if they kind of said, 'Alabama-Clemson has been a really good game and Clemson-Ohio State hasn't been a good game'".

Even me picking the Sooners, who Clemson beat 37-17 in the 2015 playoff a season after rocking them 40-6 in the Russell Athletic Bowl, is a slight to the Tigers.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) is brought down by Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings (33) in the second half of the Sugar Bowl semi-final playoff game for the NCAA college football national championship, in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

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The Auburn Tigers may have been the toughest defense that Alabama has faced to this point.

Hurts has been tremendous in his two years in Tuscaloosa, but has continuously struggled when facing the nation's top defenses such as LSU, Clemson, FSU, or Auburn. "If they can get in there, you've got to give them a chance (to win the Super Bowl)".

With a handful of future NFL prospects meeting in this College Football Playoff Semifinal, scouts will definitely be keeping a watch on Alabama's defensive star, Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Much like the first two matchups between these two teams, look for yet another close game that comes down to the last drive.

Maybe perhaps there is even more hype going into Monday night's game with the stakes being, victor goes on to play for the National Championship. "Mack doesn't have a lot of experience doing that, but I'm sure he'll do a good job in the game".

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