The Clemson Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide meet in the College Football Playoff semifinal which is a rematch of the past two years’ national championship games.
With the matchup just around the corner, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney has begun sharing his thoughts on what the Tigers expect when the two teams go head-to-head for the third time
“I don’t think Alabama people are probably excited about playing us, and we’re not really excited about playing them, because we know both teams are really good,” the Tigers coach said Monday, according to Talal Elmasry of SEC Country. “Both teams are capable of winning.”
Clemson and Alabama split the first two meetings.
“I think Alabama people respect good football, and so do we here at Clemson,” Swinney said. “It’s become a heck of a matchup. You look at the previous two games and the way the teams play. At the end of the day, someone’s going to win and lose, but you just love to see guys play with unbelievable effort, and that’s what’s happened in these last two games, and that’s what you’ll get this game.”
Entering this year’s matchup, Alabama is slated as a narrow 2.5-point favorite.
The rubber match takes place on Monday, Jan. 1 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.