The College Football Playoff’s final rankings offered a significant amount of intrigue, not for where Clemson would be ranked, but for who they would play.
Clemson and Alabama will meet in the College Football Playoffs for the third straight year, in a semifinal matchup at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.
The Crimson Tide and the Tigers met in the last two College Football Playoff Championship Games, splitting the last two matchups.
The winner in New Orleans will face the winner of the Rose Bowl between Oklahoma and Georgia on Monday January 8th in Atlanta.
Alabama coach Nick Saban spoke to the media via teleconference Sunday, saying that despite their being some “white-knuckle time” he was pleased that the committee put what he called “the four best teams” in the College Football Playoff.
You can hear Saban’s comments below:
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who played in two Sugar Bowls as a player with Alabama spoke as well on Sunday: