3 takeaways from Sugar Bowl win over Clemson

Jan 9 2017 Tampa FL USA Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts runs the ball for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mand

His eyes immediately go to the bottom of the depth chart. "He wants to play everybody that deserves the opportunity".

As much as we armchair, college football gurus think otherwise, solutions are not simple. For the third straight year, Clemson faced Alabama in the post-season.

The streak was extended with 12 seconds left in the opening quarter of the Sugar Bowl, and it was for a touchdown. Clemson was ranked #8 on defense and Alabama #35 on offense.

Brown also took aim at Hunter Renfrow. He called a blitz on 2nd-and-2 and linebacker Anfernee Jennings came screaming off the edge and delivered a hit to the chest of Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant just as he threw the ball. Fuller have combined for 120. "And we travel everywhere to see them", Williams said. He will become the 10th person to be a player and a head coach in the 84-year history of the Classic. Because overall defensively, a lot of coaches don't want to play a lot of backups. Defensive players for the Tide had scored touchdowns just 13 seconds apart. Wilkins made the second team.

"It's a big part of our formula".

Alabama, the controversial selection for the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff, eliminated any doubt that it deserved its place by hammering No. 1 seed Clemson 24-6.

The rematch between Alabama and Clemson in the 2018 Sugar Bowl was one of the more anticipated of the season and the Crimson Tide and Tigers didn't disappoint. The Tigers lost five yards in three plays and Alex Spence kicked a 42-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 10-6.

Smith has played in all 12 of the Tide's games this season and two of his six grabs have gone for touchdowns.

Clemson registered just 188 total yards and rushed for only 64 yards in the contest.

His challenge: Who is that going to be this year? If the Tide want to win this game they're going to have to do it with their offense and not their defense for once. "It definitely is hard, physically".

Alabama's defenders are confident in their fitness level.

A bit shell-shocked by that turn of events, Clemson was thoroughly demoralized after its next offensive play. Only 12 of the 166 Sugar Bowl teams have tallied 500 yards of offense in the game. Mack Wilson, who had foot surgery in November, should be more effective after some time off. Clemson converted 7 of 18 third-down chances in last year's title game.

For Alabama to be effective on Monday, it needs to play third down well.

There are probably many youngsters who had to go to bed.

Coming in, Bryant had accounted for 3,504 yards and 24 touchdowns from scrimmage this season - 2,678 yards and 13 TDs through the air, and 826 yards and 11 TDs on the ground. He didn't get much help from Clemson's running game, which averaged less than two yards a carry.

"It's just cool, finally getting together and making big plays" Smith said.

"Oh, yeah, you definitely give him the respect (he deserves)", Averett said. The Tigers' vaunted defensive line was held in check by Alabama's offensive front, if not outright dominated.

Saban and Clemson's Dabo Swinney are two of the best coaches in the sport, and if either coach can comes up with one or two plays that leaves the other in a poor position, that could spell the difference in the game.