Friday, 23 February, 2018

Alabama vs Clemson Odds: point spread Sugar Bowl 2018, prediction

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney right congratulates Alabama head coach Nick Saban after the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Glendale Ariz. Alabama won 45-40 Clemson Will Meet Alabama In The Sugar Bowl
Melissa Porter | 05 December, 2017, 08:16

Alabama defeated Clemson 45-40 in the National Championship at the end of the 2015 season in Phoenix, Arizona, while the Tigers won a year ago 35-31 in Tampa, Fla.

"Everything coming into the spring was, 'Oh, man, you won a national championship, how do you stay focused?' We had checked the box, so now we're going to quit working at Clemson", Swinney said.

Ohio State (11-2) won the Big Ten championship game against previously unbeaten Wisconsin, 27-21, on Saturday. Southern California and Ohio State met in three consecutive Rose Bowls at the end of the 1972, 1973 and 1974 seasons. If you going by if I guess we go ask any of the teams who would you rather not face an Arab rather you know I don't think people are looking forward facing Alabama at all.

The debate over the playoff committee's decision to select Alabama ahead of Ohio State still hasn't died down, but there's no doubting the Tide's strength: Alabama brings unmatched playoff pedigree, plus a dominant run game and an elite defense that will have had a month to recover following an Iron Bowl loss to Auburn. They went on the road to beat rival SC 34-10 on November 25 and then beat Miami 38-3 in the ACC championship game on Saturday.

"The first year we played in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State, our players looked at that like it was still a bowl trip", Saban said.

On Sunday, Saban expressed his satisfaction and excitement for the Alabama football team being involved in the Playoff and the Sugar Bowl. Nick Saban also has a 2004 Sugar Bowl win that led to an LSU 2003 national championship. Championship playoffs I don't know if that's true or not but Steve Geller is it was purposeful or not it worked. But, you know, in our conference there's certain teams we play every single year that, you know - you just know it's going to be a heck of a battle. "We're attacking for another one", Swinney said.

In addition to being the most expensive Sugar Bowl TicketIQ has ever tracked, it's also the most expensive non-championship game for Alabama. I mean, like I said earlier in the year, if we had the same team back, but we've got a different team.

Clemson Athletics contributed to this article.