By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide were criticized that they should not have been in the College Football Playoff Final Four. On Monday, they showed why they were in it, dominating No. 1 Clemson Tigers, 24-6, in the College Football Playoff Semifinal No. 2 in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The Crimson Tide — who did not win the SEC Championship game — advanced to the College Football Playoff National Championship game for the third straight year. They will face No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, January 8th, 2018.
Crimson Tide Nick Saban will face his former defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, who is in his second-year as the Bulldogs head coach. The Crimson Tide also snapped a three-game Sugar Bowl losing streak, as their last Sugar Bowl win, prior to Monday night, was over the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes to win the 1992-93 National Championship.
Alabama improved to 12-1 on the season. The Tigers suffered their first loss since October 2017, as they fell to 12-2 on the season.
Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts went 16 of 24 for 120 passing yards. He had two touchdowns.
In three College Football Playoff games, Hurts only has 308 passing yards.
Damien Harris had 19 carries for 77 yards. Hurts added 11 carries for 40 yards and Bo Scarbrough had 12 carries for 24 yards.
Calvin Ridley had four receptions for 39 yards, including a touchdown. Henry Ruggs III had two receptions for 25 yards. Najee Harris had a 22 yard reception and Scarbrough had two receptions for 16 yards.
Crimson Tide kicker Andy Pappanastos also made a field goal.
Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant went 18 of 36 for 124 passing yards. He also had two interceptions.
Travis Etienne had four carries for 22 yards. Bryant had 19 carries for 19 yards. Adam Choice had five carries for 14 yards.
Deon Cain had six receptions for 75 yards. Hunter Renfrow — the hero from the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, who had the game-winning reception — had five receptions for 31 yards. Amari Rodgers also had a 16 yard reception.
Tigers kicker Alex Spence made two field goals.
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