Alabama no stranger to the Sugar Bowl

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Alabama no stranger to the Sugar Bowl

That wasn't the case for No. 5 Ohio State, which found itself on the outside of the Playoff field a year after making it as a non-conference champion when a two-loss Penn State won the Big Ten last season.

The debate between Alabama and Ohio State was one of the most compelling in the playoff's four years of existence, giving the the Crimson Tidethe edge with a resume with less blemishes than the Buckeyes.

The Crimson Tide will face No. 1 Clemson in the AllState Sugar Bowl. For a chance at the national championship and they do without having to face Georgia along the way.

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Alabama had never met Clemson in the postseason until each of the past two years, when they played in the championship games of the four-team playoff. Led by Ezekiel Elliott's 230 rushing yards and four TDs, Ohio State advanced to the national championship game in Dallas where it beat No. 2 OR 42-20.

Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 in the CFP national championship game last season. Championship playoffs I don't know if that's true or not but Steve Geller is it was purposeful or not it worked.

Saban spent time politicking for the Crimson Tide late Saturday night during an appearance on SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt, Rece Davis and Chris Fowler. This year, the Tigers are led by junior quarterback Kelly Bryant, who has 2,678 passing yards and 13 touchdowns with six interceptions to go with 646 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

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Alabama football earned the No. 4 seed in what felt like the most tense moment the committee has had in the playoff's now four-year history. Last season, it flipped with the No. 1 Tide unbeaten and the No. 2 Tigers with one loss. 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.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is excited to participate in his first Sugar Bowl since he was a receiver on the Tide's 1992 national championship team that upset Miami in the 1993 Sugar Bowl. "I told Deshaun wouldn't it be something if we came back here for the semifinals in a few months".

Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't want that moment or feeling of uncertainty to be lost on the players. "When I got here, everybody was waiting for me and it was very exciting and we're very pleased and proud and happy". It just comes down to how you play on that day, and we've been fortunate to find a way to win a bunch of those games.

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