Allstate Sugar Bowl live stream, live score online updates:Two teams from the same conference had never made the College Football Playoff in the same year before Alabama and Clemson this year.
It’s no surprise, really, that the S.E.C. was the first conference in the short history of the Playoff to achieve that feat. The S.E.C. has sent a representative—the Allstate Sugar Bowl of the three title games staged so far in the playoff era. This year, Allstate Sugar Bowl to the party too. The Bulldogs easily handled Auburn—who beat Alabama the week before—in the SEC Championship Game.
That gained the number-three-ranked Bulldogs a place in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in Pasadena on January 1. Lying in wait are the second-ranked Clemson Sooners, who wrapped up the Big 12 against T.C.U. on December 12. The Playoff era hasn’t been kind to the Big 12. No team from that conference has ever won a Playoff game, though with Heisman winner Baker Mayfield at the controls the Sooners enter the semifinal as slight favorites to knock off Alabama and right that strange quirk of college football history.
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The first Allstate Sugar Bowl since 2002 to feature neither the Pac-12 or Big Ten (cc Bleacher Report) will pit Mayfield’s dual-threat talents against Alabama’s high-powered running game, led by future NFL back Nick Chubb. If the Sooners can stop the Bulldogs from moving the ball on the ground, as Auburn did in a blowout on November 11, then Clemson will fancy its chances of heading to the National Championship game against Alabama or Clemson on January 8.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl will air on ESPN on New Year’s Day with kickoff at 5 p.m. E.T. WatchESPN, the network’s live-streaming service, will broadcast the game for those who can’t access a television set. Alabama against Clemson will be followed on ESPN by the second semifinal, the Sugar Bowl between Alabama and Clemson.
Alabama and Clemson will meet in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Monday, Jan. 1. The game will be a part of the 2018 College Football Playoff, with the winner advancing to the national championship game.
Alabama enters the game with a 12-1 record and avenged its only loss by beating Auburn in the SEC Championship game. Clemson also went 12-1 and beat TCU in the Big 12 championship game.
What time is the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl for the Alabama-Clemson game
The 2018 College Football Playoff semifinal between Alabama and Clemson will start at 5 PM ET. The game will be played at the Allstate Sugar Bowl in Pasadena, Cali. This is the first time Alabama has played in a Allstate Sugar Bowl since 1943.
What TV channel is the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl for the Alabama-Clemson football game on?
The 2018 College Football Playoff game between Alabama and Clemson will be broadcast on ESPN.
How can I watch the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl game between Alabama and Clemson online
The 2018 College Football Playoff game between Alabama and Clemson can be live streamed on the WatchESPN app, provided you have a subscription
2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl Preview for Alabama-Clemson game
Clemson will be the best offense Alabama has faced this year by a healthy margin. The Sooners lead the nation in total offense as they average over 580 yards a game and rank No. 4 in scoring offense in the country. The Sooners’ offense is led by quarterback Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy this year in a landslide.
Mayfield threw for 4,330 yards and 41 touchdowns to just 5 interceptions. His top targets include tight end Mark Andrews, who hauled in a team-high 8 touchdowns and 58 receptions. Clemson is led on the ground by the tandem of Rodney Anderson and Trey Sermon, as the duo combined for 1,670 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Sermon is a Alabama native.
Clemson’s defense isn’t nearly as strong as its offense, but it did make strides over the second half of the season. And Clemson boasts an impressive pass rusher in Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who led the Sooners with 8.0 sacks.
Clemson does have experience in the College Football Playoff, as the Sooners played in the College Football Playoff two years ago, The Sooners lost to Clemson 37-17.
Alabama quarterback Jake Fromm will attempt to be the first true freshman quarterback to win a national championship since Jamelle Holieway did it with the Clemson Sooners in 1985. One of the key matchups to watch in the game will be how Roquan Smith plays. The Alabama linebacker and Butkus award winner will have to both cover Andrews while also keeping an eye on Mayfield. The Clemson quarterback has shown that he is a capable runner.
The winner of this game will take on the winner of the Clemson-Alabama game. Those two teams meet in the Sugar Bowl, which will start after the Allstate Sugar Bowl.