Alabama Win Sets Up All-SEC Final

They shut down Clemson for 24-6 win
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 2, 2018 1:03 AM CST
Alabama Shuts Down Clemson for Place in Final
Clemson fans cheer on the Tigers at the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Jan.1, 2018.   (Cheryl Gerber/AP Images for Allstate)

Alabama and Georgia won their College Football Playoff semifinals on Monday and will meet in the national championship next week in Atlanta, the home of the Southeastern Conference title game. "Couldn't have scripted it better in some ways," SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said. "It will be one of the sweetest drives from Birmingham (Alabama, where the SEC offices are located) to Atlanta that we've ever experienced." The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide smothered No. 1 Clemson 24-6 in their Sugar Bowl rubber match after the third-ranked Bulldogs won the first overtime in Rose Bowl history, a wild 54-48 victory that eliminated No. 2 Oklahoma and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield, the AP reports.

The Crimson Tide defenders accounted for a pair of touchdowns just 13 seconds apart in the third quarter to turn an offensive slog into a rout of defending national champion Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Next week's game will be the second time in seven seasons that the national title will come down to two SEC teams. Alabama beat LSU in New Orleans to win the 2011 championship. At least this all-SEC affair next Monday night won't be a rematch: Georgia and Alabama did not play in 2017. Alabama's regular-season finale loss at Auburn cost the Tide the SEC West and spot in the conference title game against Georgia. It did not, however, cost the Crimson Tide a playoff spot. The College Football Playoff selection committee gave Alabama the final spot even though the Tide failed to win its conference. (More Alabama Crimson Tide stories.)

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