Clemson vs Alabama Live Stream Online,The Granddaddy of Them All is back in the College Football Playoff as a semifinal, and you won’t find a more compelling, diverse matchup than the one between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Clemson on Monday night. It’s a complete clash of styles: the Sooners spread you out and have one of college football’s best scoring offenses, while the Bulldogs crush opponents with the ground game and run more than just about any other team on first down (80.5 percent).
Date: Monday, Jan. 1 | Time: 8:45 p.m. ET
Location: Clemson Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide — Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, LA
The Clemson Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide has traditionally been a showdown between the West Coast and Middle America as the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions have gone to battle in sunny Los Angeles. But in 2018, thanks to the College Football Playoff, it will give two of the nation’s top four teams a rare opportunity to watch the Parade of the Sugar Bowl live. Kickoff in the semifinal game between the No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Clemson is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN (live stream).
It’s the Bulldogs’ first Clemson Tigers vs Alabama Crimson Tide since the 1942 season when they beat UCLA in a 9-0 barnburner. For the Sooners, it’s their first postseason trip to the City of Angels since the 2002 season, when Nate Hybl led the team to a big win over Washington State.
2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will try to outgun a Bulldogs offense led by a potent three-headed rushing attack. Clemson ran for an impressive 5.8 yards per carry this fall. The Bulldogs need to be just as productive to keep up with the Sooners’ third-ranked passing offense on Monday.
Alabama: Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been battling an illness this week. And while that likely won’t affect his status for the game, it is something to monitor. But given Mayfield’s tendency to get up for big games, this could literally be his own “Flu Game” a la Michael Jordan. Mayfield can also further cement his legacy as one of college football’s best quarterbacks — he’s already won the Heisman Trophy — by at least getting to the national championship. Now all that’s left for Mayfield is to suit up and play as the world waits to see whether Alabama can simply break scoreboardson its way to the national title game.
Clemson: UGA has grown into one of the premier jobs in college football given the rise of blue-chip, in-state talent in recent years. However, this playoff appearance is still one of firsts for the Bulldogs. As the great Berry Tramel wrote, Clemson quarterback Jake Fromm could be the first true freshman quarterback to win a national championship since (of all people) former Alabama quarterback Jamelle Holieway did it in 1985. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd took a closer look at what Fromm faces on his journey to that recognition. Smart is a second-year coach and has been the one good recent example of an SEC program successfully plucking the Nick Saban coaching tree. To have a shot to make history, though, the Bulldogs need to get past the Sooners, and it may well be their two-headed attack of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel on the ground that gets it done.