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Sugar Bowl preview: Clemson vs. Alabama

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide faces the No. 1 Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl on Monday night in the College Football Playoff Semifinal No. 2. The game will kick off at 8:45 pm on ESPN from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Crimson Tide come into this game with an 11-1 record. The Tigers are 12-1.

Clemson Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant celebrates a touchdown against the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game (Getty Images)

Clemson Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant celebrates a touchdown against the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game (Getty Images)

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Tigers have a 54% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll; however, gives the Tigers a 67% chance to win this game.

This is the 17th all-time meeting between the two teams. The Tigers snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, as they won 35-31 on January 9th, 2017.

The year before, the Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers, 45-40, in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on January 11th, 2016. Their 13-game win streak over Clemson ran from October 16th, 1909 through January 8th, 2017.

The other two wins for the Tigers came on October 25th, 1905 when they won 25-0. They also won 18-0 on October 8th, 1904.

Clemson is 22-19 all-time in Bowl games. They have won their last two Bowl games, defeating the aforementioned Crimson Tide and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

They have not lost a Bowl game since the aforementioned College Football Playoff National Championship to the Crimson Tide on January 11th, 2016.

The Tigers are 7-3 with Dabo Swinney as their head coach in Bowl games. This is their third-ever Bowl game in the State of Louisiana.

They are 0-2 in those games, as they lost in the Independence Bowl, 20-13, to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on December 21st, 1985. They also lost 7-0 to the LSU Tigers in the 1959 Sugar Bowl on January 1st, 1959 at Tulane Stadium.

The Crimson Tide are 39-26-3 all-time in Bowl games. They lost their last Bowl game in the aforementioned loss to the Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Their last Bowl win was over the Washington Huskies, 24-7, in the Peach Bowl, a College Football Playoff Semifinal game last season.

Alabama is 8-4 all-time with Nick Saban as their head coach in Bowl games. This is their 16th all-time appearance in the Sugar Bowl.

They are 8-7 all-time in the Sugar Bowl. However, they have lost their last three Sugar Bowl appearances.

Their last win in the Sugar Bowl game came against the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes, 34-13, to win the 1992-93 National Championship. Swinney was a wide receiver on this team.

The Crimson Tide lost their last regular-season game in the Iron Bowl to the Auburn Tigers, 26-14, on November 25th, 2017. Their last regular-season win came on November 18th, 2017 when they rolled over the Football Championship Subdivision’s Mercer Bears.

The Tigers have won their last six regular-season games. They have not lost a regular-season game since October 13th, 2017 when they lost 27-24 to the Syracuse Orange. It is important to note that Kelly Bryant was injured in this game.

Alabama is averaging 39.1 points per game. Clemson is averaging 35.4 points per game.

Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts has gone 135 of 222 for 1,940 passing yards. He also has 15 touchdowns and an interception.

Damien Harris leads the running backs with 110 carries for 906 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Calvin Ridley leads the receivers with 55 receptions for 896 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant has gone 244 of 362 for 2,678 passing yards. He has 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Travis Etienne leads the running backs with 103 carries for 744 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Deon Cain leads the receivers with 52 receptions for 659 receptions and six touchdowns.

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