12-31-17 MFB Sugar Bowl Head Coach Press Conference
Nick Saban
Photo by Kent Gidley

Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet for the third time in College Football Playoff

 NEW ORLEANS, La. – The University of Alabama football team wrapped up preparations for the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Sunday with a walkthrough and meetings in New Orleans.

In addition to game preparations, Alabama head coach Nick Saban also met with the media on Sunday morning at the Sugar Bowl head coaches press conference.Monday’s Semifinal matchup will mark the 18th pairing between Alabama and Clemson in the history of the two schools, with the Crimson Tide owning a 13-4 series advantage.

The two most recent matchups came in the 2016 and 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Games. Alabama rallied to defeat the No. 1 Tigers, 45-40, to capture the Tide’s 16th national championship in the 2016 game in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers then returned the favor with a come-from-behind, 35-31, win in the 2017 championship in Tampa, Fla.