In the final day of a busy New Year’s Day bowl schedule, the No. 1 Clemson Tigers and No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide face off in the AllState Sugar Bowl to determine who will advance to the College Football Playoff national championship where they will face the winner of the Rose Bowl between Oklahoma and Georgia earlier in the day.
It marks the third straight season that the two teams have met in the College Football Playoff.
All of the information you need to tune in can be seen below:
Date: Monday, Jan. 1
Start Time: 8:45 p.m. ET
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Superdome
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: Stream 1
Betting Odds: Alabama -3 | O/U: 47
Ticket Info: Buy Tickets Here
Let’s learn a little bit more about the teams ahead of the Sugar Bowl.
No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 28, 2017
Alabama is no stranger to the College Football Playoff, but they have never entered the final four on the heels of a loss. The Crimson Tide have not taken the field since late November when they fell to Auburn in the Iron Bowl to miss out on the SEC Championship.
That puts Nick Saban’s squad in an unfamiliar place and it will be interesting to see how they respond.
The key to victory for Alabama will once again be its star-studded defense, which allowed just 11.5 points per game; leading the nation.
No. 1 Clemson Tigers
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— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) December 28, 2017
Clemson suffered a stunning defeat to Syracuse in the middle of the season, but the program was able to rebound with six straight wins to secure their spot in the College Football Playoff and reclaiming the No. 1 ranking as the Tigers look to defend their national championship.
It promises to be a tough, physical game with two of the top defenses in the nation.
While the Crimson Tide led the nation in points allowed per game, the Tigers ranked just behind at No. 2 (12.8). The game could come down to which defensive unit breaks first.