Alabama has reached the College Football Playoff, and it will be part of a fascinating Sugar Bowl on January 1. But right or wrong, Alabama is the #4 team and will face #1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's day.
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.
Cubelic said nationally, the odds will be 50/50 on whether Alabama or Clemson takes home the title, but.
"They weren't games they were playing for a National Championship, they were games they were just playing as a reward for having a good season, and I think that's going to be the difference in this game", he explained. "When we looked at Ohio State, when you looked at their résumé it was impressive, but it wasn't enough for the selection committee to place them in above Alabama". If you going by if I guess we go ask any of the teams who would you rather not face an Arab rather you know I don't think people are looking forward facing Alabama at all.
Two years ago, Clemson was the No. 1 unbeaten seed and Alabama was the once-beaten No. 2 selection.
He said for Alabama, the key to the Sugar Bowl will be to win the line of scrimmage.
On Sunday, Saban expressed his satisfaction and excitement for the Alabama football team being involved in the Playoff and the Sugar Bowl.
"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".
"The first year we played in the Sugar Bowl against Ohio State, our players looked at that like it was still a bowl trip", Saban said. Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls. "We're attacking for another one", Swinney said.
The Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1) suffered their only defeat in the hands of the Auburn Tigers in their final regular season game. I told Deshaun wouldn't it be something if we came back here for the semifinals in a few months. So, when I got here, everybody was waiting for me, and it was really exciting. "In the other playoff games we've played in since then, there's been a bit more focus and understanding of the consequences".