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"And at that time, Alabama hadn't won a National Championship - it's not like now, they win it like every year or every other year with Coach Saban", Swinney continued. "But you know, we're going to get ready and do what we do". The senior safety was fourth on the team with 53 tackles and also had two interceptions and two pass deflections.

Two years ago, Clemson was the No. 1 unbeaten seed and Alabama was the once-beaten No. 2 selection.

In true Nick Saban fashion, the longtime Alabama head coach wasn't even paying attention when word came down the Crimson Tide was back in the College Football Playoff.

Not that Clemson is a piece of cake to stop with first-year starting quarterback Kelly Bryant, but Alabama may actually have a chance to hold the Tigers under 500 yards total offense now than DeShaun Watson moved on to the NFL's Houston Texans.

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Underdog or not, the Tigers are the team to beat.

After staying busy between recruiting visits and television appearances, Saban admitted he spent Saturday evening flipping between both the ACC Championship, where Clemson soundly dispatched Miami, and the Big Ten title game, where the Buckeyes edged out previously undefeated Wisconsin, 27-21.

And aside from the notion that the SEC has half of the playoff field is that it gave the defending champion Tigers perhaps the most daunting matchup it could have faced.

'No, we're the attacking champs. "What we accomplished is something that's really motivating to go do it again". I felt we were one of those teams, and we were certainly pleased and happy things worked out the way they did. We're not defending anything. He implored the committee to look at the entire season, and not just the Crimson Tide's lone loss. I don't think Nick Saban never intentional loses a game when he used to.

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Saban said he needs all healthy bodies on deck. "We're already trending very quickly and fast, so jump on it, because two or three days from now it'll be completely sold out".

Meanwhile, Hundley and the rest of the Sugar Bowl folks are on a high.

Alabama football has played in 15 Sugar Bowl games (plus the 2012 BCS Championship) including four games (five if adding the BCS win) that led to Crimson Tide national championships.

"Early indication are our tickets are going to be a hot commodity", Hundley said.

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