The game, which will kick off January 1 in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, will feature the No. 1 Clemson Tigers, who are the defending National Champions and the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide, who claimed the title in the 2015-16 season.
Since then, Alabama, now becoming the only team to play in all four years of the CFP, is 3-1 in playoff games. The other semifinal is at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, where No. 2 Oklahoma faces No. 3 Georgia.
Cubelic said nationally, the odds will be 50/50 on whether Alabama or Clemson takes home the title, but. 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.
No. 4 Alabama will play No. 1 Clemson on Jan 1 at 7:45 CT in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on ESPN.
The Committee clearly made the right decision including Alabama in over Ohio State and the Crimson Tide are now slated for a third matchup against Clemson.
Alabama will be without starting safety Hootie Jones for its College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson, head coach Nick Saban announced on ESPN on Sunday. They went on the road to beat rival SC 34-10 on November 25 and then beat Miami 38-3 in the ACC championship game on Saturday.
This will be Clemson's second appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the first since the 1958 season. "It had been a long time since Alabama had won a National Championship".
"We're the attacking champs", Swinney said.
Meanwhile, the Tide had just one win over a team ranked higher than 16th, and that was Florida State (which opened the season at No. 3, but had to reschedule a game against Louisiana Monroe postponed due to Hurricane Irma just to get bowl eligible), but dropped just one game, falling against SEC West champion Auburn (which ended No. 7 in the rankings). I mean, like I said earlier in the year, if we had the same team back, but we've got a different team.
"I am very excited to be in the playoffs and the Sugar Bowl. We were a team not picked to win the Atlantic Division and now we are in the playoff". But, you know, in our conference there's certain teams we play every single year that, you know - you just know it's going to be a heck of a battle.