Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney Hold Coaches News Conference in Tampa

He's a two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and led the Tigers to the college football title game for the second straight year.

"This is not the time to be falling in love with what you did yesterday, last week, last year, 10 years ago or anything else", he said.

Special teams: Clemson's special teams were flawed last season, and the coaching staff cleaned up those flaws. And it's true that Ohio State went into the Fiesta Bowl ranked No. 2 in the nation while Clemson was No. 3.

"That's fine. If they don't like it, they can stop it", Crimson Tide senior defensive end Jonathan Allen said.

Defensive back Eddie Jackson, who has missed the past six games because of a season-ending injury suffered vs. Texas A&M, has three touchdowns himself. "We wanted to be in the front again and be one of the best teams".

Deshaun Watson is back. But the high number of passes he's thrown (523) has led to a lot of interceptions.

Watson was intercepted on his first pass attempt of the game, but if there's anyone better equipped to shrug off a miscue and respond in a big way, it's Watson.

Last year, the game pitted Clemson's spectacular offense against Alabama's awesome defense, and it turned into a shootout.

It has been a long, fretful national title game journey for both Cain and Mike Williams, two of Clemson's most dynamic receivers. And it - perhaps not coincidentally - came in the team's loss to Pitt.

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was asked Saturday how best to prepare for Watson's combination of big arm, passing accuracy and quick feet. Sunday's schedule features a press conference in the morning for both head coaches followed by a team picture and then walkthrough to close out the work week. "Maybe we practiced a little bit too much". Consistently making the most of his carries, Gallman is a hot commodity for the Tigers, and, if he is utilized early on, he could help the Tigers' rushing attack propel Clemson to victory.

Washington walking with a humble pride — HURT
Hearing that, Petersen joked he needs to change the Huskies' practice schedule to include the belt events. With Jones sitting beside him at a news conference, King explained that the victor receives a football.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts said he hadn't even met Sark until halfway through the season. They just were backed up and couldn't do anything. Howard, who was the biggest mismatch of all against Clemson past year, led Alabama's receivers for the second playoff game in a row with four receptions for 44 yards.

"I think he's played great his whole three years".

If Clemson can pack the line of scrimmage, shut down the run game and make Hurts beat them, he won't. "When things break down, he's the trump card".

"You want to talk about the lifeblood of the operational football part, the X and Os part?"

With guys like Calvin Ridley, ArDarius Stewart and O.J. Howard serving as the focal points of any secondary, Dieter is the odd man out.

Here are five keys to Alabama protecting its national championship turf.

"These are the two best teams, and to be honest with you, I don't think there's another team out there that's capable of beating Alabama".

After the Tigers defeated the Seminoles each of the last two years, why would we want to support them at all?

"We started right away and looked at every aspect of what we were doing and how we were doing it", Pearman said. "They're going push us in a direction one way or another", Sarkisian said. "I'd think, that boy probably didn't sleep all week". He'll do things aggressively. But how about those under-the-radar guys who could likely make a significant impact on the outcome of the game? The margin for error will be much smaller against Alabama-two early mistakes could swing the entire game. "Regardless of the situation of or who you are, you're going to have haters and you're going to have people that like you". Clemson coach Dabo Swinney picked his.

Hurts was just 7 of 14 for 57 yards in a conservative game plan against Washington, while running back Bo Scarbrough did the heavy lifting with 180 rushing yards. "The 6' 3", 225-pound beast who amassed 1,030 yards receiving in 2014, who can run the full complement of routes and demonstrate ridiculously good ball skills at the end of them, was lost for the rest of the year.


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