With the dust surrounding the selection process settled, it doesn’t get much better than a rematch between the No. 1 Clemson Tigers and No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
Just like last time, this one centers on the quarterbacks. Alabama’s Jalen Hurts is seeking some semblance of redemption for his team’s loss to the Tigers a year ago, not to mention a season-ending hiccup before sneaking into the CFP anyway.
Kelly Bryant might have an even more difficult task for the Tigers while looking to at least match the success of his predecessor, a guy by the name of Deshaun Watson.
Before the second of two CFP semifinals gets underway Monday, let’s take a look at everything you need to know about the encounter.
Sugar Bowl 2018
Sugar Bowl 2017
Date: Monday, January 1
Time (ET): 8:45 p.m. ET
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Spread: Alabama (-2.5)
Team Injury Reports
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Probable
- Deionte Thompson, DB, Probable
- Dylan Moses, LB, Out
- Nigel Knott, DB, Questionable
- Hootie Jones, DB, Out
- Labryan Ray, DL, Questionable
- Shaun Dion Hamilton, LB, Out
- Brandon Kennedy, OL, Questionable
- Miller Forristall, TE, Out
- Judah Davis, LB, Out
- Chad Smith, LB, Questionable
- Tre Lamar, LB, Questionable
- Mark Fields, CB, Probable
- Greg Huegel, K, Out
- Logan Rudolph, LB, Out
- Tucker Israel, QB, Out
- Garrett Williams, TE, Out
- Richard Yeargin, DE, Out
A year ago, the Clemson defense met Alabama head on and looked akin to a brick wall as the Crimson Tide put up a 2-of-15 mark on third down and only had possession for 25:16 of game clock.
Though those in charge of the betting lines don’t want to commit to a similar result, the way Alabama played to close the season is a big red flag going into a contest with so much at stake.
Not only is there a ton at stake, this is a Clemson team walking into the arena knowing it has done this once before. This isn’t a transition year for the Tigers—it’s a chance to start a dynasty of sorts while knocking Alabama down yet another peg.
Thanks to Bryant’s dual-threat ways and an elite defense that has already stuttered the Crimson Tide once, look for Clemson to pick up another win via a late field goal.
Sugar Bowl 2018 Prediction: Clemson 30, Alabama 27