No. 2 Clemson dominated No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl, and No. 1 Alabama jumped up to a quick 21-0 lead in the first quarter against No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl before grabbing a 31-10 halftime lead. Why water down the postseason with more "undeserving" teams for the sake of four hours of your personal entertainment, especially when the ones who do make the CFP get ripped apart when they are exposed? Perhaps eventual national champion Alabama was just that much better than Michigan State when the Crimson Tide stomped the Spartans 38-0 following the 2015 season. "It's a great win for us", Saban said.
Dabo Swinney has proclaimed all year that Alabama is a notch ahead of the rest of the college football world, including his Clemson Tigers.
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Both teams will enter 14-0. It's also not necessarily about the four most deserving teams. It didn't lose once in the regular season. "He's really a personal friend that I personally have a tremendous amount of respect for, as a coach, as well", Saban said. Clemson, ranked No. 2, and Alabama will face off in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and have split two title games. "They're hard to beat. but we're excited about the challenge, and we're off and running with our prep". "I always tell them, we're built for this".
Swinney spoke during a teleconference previewing the national title game on Monday and said there is no doubt that these are the best two teams in the country. The Tigers won the game without star defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence and two other players after they tested positive for a banned substance.