Alabama, Clemson to meet again for national title

Last season, get-in prices for Clemson-Alabama was $1,732 while 2016's Clemson title winning-game was only $202.

Alabama beat the Tigers 45-40 in Arizona for the 2015 title after the two teams combined for a 40-point fourth quarter.

Even Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who traditionally prefers to focus on the day-to-day rather than get ahead of himself and look too far down the road, admitted he at least partially anticipated there might be a Round 4 between the Tide and Tigers coming this time of year.

Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes, with scores to four receivers.

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"Are you looking forward to playing Clemson again?"

Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 lead on way to its 45-34 win in the Orange Bowl over Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray and Big 12 champion Oklahoma. Both he and sophomore running back Travis Etienne (1,572 rushing yards on 8.3 yards per carry this season) will enter next season among the favorites to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy. And Georgia - who was dominated by LSU 36-16 in the regular season - fell to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, while Oklahoma won its conference championship game and only suffered one loss.

Clemson throttled Notre Dame in the college football playoff semi-finals Saturday night 30-3.

Those facts, though, didn't stop Georgia players from taking to Twitter to mock the selection committee for making what they felt was a mistake. Clemson may or may not be able to knock off the Tide outright, but is a strong bet to keep this game very close.

  • Steve Townsend