Clay Travis explains key to Alabama winning another national championship

Clay Travis explains key to Alabama winning another national championship

Alabama defeated Clemson 45-40 in the National Championship at the end of the 2015 season in Phoenix, Arizona, while the Tigers won previous year 35-31 in Tampa, Fla.

The victor of the contest moves on to face the victor of the Rose Bowl, which has No. 2 Georgia facing No. 3 Oklahoma, in the national title game, scheduled for Monday Jan. 8 in Atlanta, GA.

Because the committee blessed the Sugar Bowl, host of a January 1 national semifinal, with No. 1 Clemson (12-1) vs.

CFP committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said Ohio State's 31-point loss could not be overlooked and that to the committee, Alabama was the better team.

From the first practice of spring camp, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made one thing very clear to his team - they were not defending anything. The selection committee picked the Tide No. 4, and facing the No. 1 ranked Clemson Tigers in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Jan. 1 at 7:45pm ct. The emergence of Bryant has helped push the Tigers back into the College Football Playoff.

Steph Curry in crutches, walking boot after ankle injury vs. Pelicans
Curry, a two-time NBA MVP and two-time champion, is averaging 26.1 points, 6.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds in 22 games this season. New Orleans shot 58.7 percent from the field after the first two quarters and picked up an assist on 20 of its 27 baskets.

Of particular importance to Tide fans, the three injured linebackers, Mack Wilson, Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis, who saw limited action against Auburn should be near full-speed for the Clemson game. The Sugar Bowl is easily Alabama's most frequent destination through its storied history, with the Orange Bowl in Miami and the Cotton Bowl in Dallas next in line with eight visits to each.

Alabama hasn't seen great Sugar Bowl appearances in recent years, but Cubelic thinks this year that will change.

Alabama held on two years ago for a 45-40 win in Glendale, Arizona, for its fourth national championship in seven years.

"But what happened on Saturday (No. 2 Auburn losing to No. 6 Georgia in the SEC championship game and No. 4 Wisconsin falling to No. 8 Ohio State in the Big Ten title battle) frankly just doesn't happen every year". Now, after securing their third straight ACC Championship and a third straight berth in the College Football Playoff, Swinney is not changing his tune - his Tigers are still on the hunt.

"We are familiar with each other, but the difference this year is that we will be playing in the semifinals so we will have more time to prepare for each other. We're attacking to try to go win another one".

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