Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney emphatically stated a point he’s belabored when asked about the continued occurrence of the Tigers’ matchups with Alabama, he does not think it’s bad for college football.
Swinney believes the CFP’s intended mission has rung true in its first five matchups, three of which have pitted Clemson against the Crimson Tide in the season’s final game.
“I’m not going to apologize for having a great team and a great program,” Swinney said, “I think the objective is to get the best two teams. If that’s not best for college football, then why did we even do it?”
Saban did concede the playoff has diminished the other bowls adding, “I think the playoff has probably minimized the number of teams that really get the same kind of positive self-gratification of getting to bowl games,” Saban said. “There’s a lot of focus on the playoff and that becomes the target of a lot of programs including our program.”
Both coaches showed a continued admiration of each other, but declined to use the word rivalry when describing the yearly reunion between the two programs.
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Clemson and Alabama meet for the College Football National Championship Monday night at 8 PM at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.