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.
Last year, Clemson knocked off Alabama 35-31 to win the program's second national championship. But right or wrong, Alabama is the #4 team and will face #1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's day.
The winners of those respective games face off in Atlanta in the national championship game on January 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
"Everything coming into the spring was, 'Oh, man, you won a national championship, how do you stay focused?' We had checked the box, so now we're going to quit working at Clemson", Swinney said. It is, however, surprising that it's more expensive than than the 2016 national championship game, also known as Alabama-Clemson I. In that game, Alabama won a thriller that gave them yet another national championship title under Nick Saban.
Ironically, the first one was in the first year of the CFP in 2014 when No. 4 Ohio State scored a 42-34 win over No. 1 Alabama.
No. 1 Clemson is the top seed in the College Football Playoff for the second time in three years as they look to win their second-straight College Football Playoff National Championship.
Alabama despite being the No. 4 seed will play closer to home than Clemson at the Sugar Bowl.
On Sunday, Saban expressed his satisfaction and excitement for the Alabama football team being involved in the Playoff and the Sugar Bowl. Alabama is the Sugar Bowl's most frequent visitor, with LSU next with 13 appearances.
"I am very excited to be in the playoffs and the Sugar Bowl". The Tigers showed dominance in dismantling the Miami Hurricanes, 38-3, in the ACC championship game.
"I hate to admit that we had recruits in for official visits this weekend", Saban said.
This is the third time Alabama and Clemson will meet, but Cubelic said this matchup will be played differently. "In the other playoff games we've played in since then, there's been a bit more focus and understanding of the consequences". Clemson is ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls.
Clemson Athletics contributed to this article.