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2017 Schedule
12-1, 1st in ACC - Atlantic
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Early sharp CFB Playoff money on Alabama

A few weeks away from the Clemson-Alabama rematch in the College Football Playoff semifinal, the early influential money in Las Vegas is on the Crimson Tide, pushing them to a consensus 2.5-point favorite.

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Swinney, Saban excited for Clemson-Alabama trilogy (1:06)

Ryan McGee ESPN Senior Writer 

Thanks to the new December Signing Day, the four Playoff coaches worked all day & rolled into CFB Awards last minute. Lincoln Riley told me he ran into Kirby Smart today as they were recruiting some of the same kids.

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Herbstreit: Part Three Won't Look The Same

Kirk Herbstreit and Ian Fitzsimmons take their first look at the Alabama/Clemson matchup and discuss the reasons this version will look different than the first two.

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Facing Auburn helped Hurts prepare for Clemson (2:48)

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Talked to an ACC coach about the keys to Clemson's defense. He said the unit's MVP is LB Dorian O'Daniel. "The things they ask him to do, you shouldn't ask one kid to do. They blitz him, play him as a linebacker, play him in man coverage on a slot. We took three or four shots on him thinking it was a matchup we could win, and we couldn't get open."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick doesn't see much of a difference between Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant and former Tigers star Deshaun Watson, who the Tide faced in each of the previous two seasons. "He runs the ball a little bit more than Deshuan," Fitzpatrick said. "They both have strong arms and make good decisions. They don't turn it over."

Mark Schlabach ESPN Senior Writer 

Unlike the previous two seasons, a national championship won't be on the line when No. 1 Clemson plays No. 4 Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, but that won't diminish the rematch. "This is the third round," Tide safety Minkah Fitzpatrick said. "It might not be the championship, but it's a championship-caliber game. It's been a heavyweight fight since my freshman season."

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Alabama and Clemson familiar Playoff foes (0:55)

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson's freshman RB Travis Etienne said he watched last year's Clemson-Bama game at home with his mom. His mom was rooting for Clemson. Etienne... not as much. "I was just like, ‘Come on mom, it's Bama, they're gonna win.'" And now? "I try not to bring that up," he said.

David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer 

Clelin Ferrell on what it would mean to win the rubber match with Alabama: "We want to be that dynasty one day. And we're building toward that."

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Capital One Fan Vote Reveal (0:58)
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Here are all the ways Bama-Clemson III will be different

Alabama as the team with something to prove? No more Deshaun Watson? And Jalen Hurts with another year of experience? While the third installment of this trilogy calls to mind the first two classics, it will actually be very different.

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The plays that shaped the College Football Playoff

On the road to the College Football Playoff, one play can often determine a team's fate. A timely kick return here or a defensive stop there can be the difference between being in the top four and being on the outside looking in.

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Clemson's Elliott wins Broyles Award

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott on Tuesday was named winner of the Broyles Award, given annually to the top assistant coach in college football.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott wins the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant for 2017. Elliott, 38, has coached Clemson's running backs since 2011 and moved into the co-coordinator role with Jeff Scott (Elliott is the play-caller) in 2015. He becomes the second consecutive Clemson assistant to win the Broyles after defensive coordinator Brent Venables claimed it last year.

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Key factors for UGA, Alabama in CFP (2:08)
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What should be Bama's plan of attack vs. Clemson? (2:44)
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Who has the best shot at national title? (3:38)
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Third down conversions critical for Bama vs. Clemson (3:04)

Team Stats

Passing Yards244.152nd
Rushing Yards204.133rd
Points For35.421st
Points Against12.82nd