Tide, Clemson not surprise to play each other again

Tide, Clemson not surprise to play each other again

It will be Alabama and Clemson, again.

Kelly and Notre Dame were totally outclassed by Dabo Swinney, Trevor Lawrence, and Clemson in the Cotton Bowl 30-3. All but one of those has been by double digits, including a four-touchdown loss to Alabama in the title game almost six years ago.

That didn't change during the season, as the initial CFP poll also had Alabama and Clemson at 1-2, respectively, when both were 8-0 having effectively dominated every team that they faced to that point.

While athletes and celebrities are showing their support on social media for their chosen teams competing in Saturday's much-anticipated College Football Playoff, Jon Bon Jovi probably had the best and most outrageous way of delivering his message. "I always tell them, we're built for this".

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The Crimson Tide will be going for their sixth national championship in Saban's 12 seasons.

Clemson won the 2016 championship - its only other national title was 1981 - with a 35-31 victory over Alabama after Hunter Renfrow, now a Tigers senior, caught a 2-yard touchdown from DeShaun Watson with a second remaining in Tampa Bay.

Say what you will about Brian Kelly, but the man cares deeply for his players.

"It's really surprising that knowing all year we stopped offenses from being able to have those big plays, and to come out here in this situation and give up big plays was very heartbreaking", said Coney, who had 16 tackles. "Honestly, we take it week by week, day by day and night by night". Clemson had three such plays for touchdowns.