The Alabama Crimson Tide find themselves in a position that new team has ever faced coming into a College Football Playoff game.
Alabama will face off with the Clemson Tigers as the first team to play in CFP semifinal off of an immediate loss following their defeat at Auburn to conclude the season.
All of the previous semifinalists had wins in their conference championship games or final regular season games before selection into the CFP.
Alabama running back Damien Harris believes that the Crimson Tide appear more self-aware in the wake of the Auburn setback
The Tide rolls by the play of QB Jalen Hurts, who many believe didn’t show as much versatility in his ability this year.
Much of Alabama’s passing game revolved around one player, Calvin Ridley, and Hurts showed more propensity as a runner than a passer.
Hurts has kept the motivation of losing last year’s National Championship Game to Clemson with him, and says he’ll carry that into Monday night’s contest.
The 2017 National Championship Game presented an odd environment for the Alabama offense with the abrupt departure of Lane Kiffin and insertion of Steve Sarkesian following Alabama’s win over Washington.
Now, former New England Patriots assistant Brian Daboll has brought stability to the offensive meeting rooms than they had last year.
Daboll is in his second stint working with Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban, having served as a Graduate Assistant under him at Michigan State. He believes working with both Saban and Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick has influenced his career tremendously.
Alabama practiced for the second time in New Orleans at the Superdome Thursday afternoon. We’ll hear from the defensive players on the Crimson Tide on Thursday. Stay with SportsTalk and South Carolina Radio Network for more updates.