And while that might seem like too short a time for the winning semifinal teams to recover and get in sufficient game preparation for next Monday's championship game, according the CFP executive director Bill Hancock the school presidents who made up the CFP's ultimate policy-making board are determined that the championship game can not be played more than seven days after January 1. The Crimson Tide, something of a controversial pick to be included in the playoff, thus removed any controversy. Instead of blocking, Payne shuffled to his right, getting open for a wide-open 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jalen Hurts.
And it's also another season in which the SEC is going to claim a national title.
Monday, Alabama whipped another set of Tigers in similar fashion.
Running back Damien Harris leads the Crimson Tide with 906 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, while Bo Scarbrough has 549 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns.
In two games against the Crimson Tide, Renfrow has 17 receptions for 180 yards and four touchdowns, including the game-winner with one second remaining in last season's championship game victory.
"Tiger Bait, Tiger Bait", taunted Sydney Holaday, a Crimson Tide fan from NY.
Perhaps the most widely known stat in college football is Alabama football and its third-down offense. A few drives later, Alabama's Da'Ron Payne intercepted a Bryant pass and returned it 21 yards, paving the way for Hurts to find Payne for a one-yard touchdown.
But to get there, Alabama needed Payne and his defensive mates, because midway through the third quarter, they decided the game.More news: Mohamed Salah named Premier League Player of the Month for December 2017
Despite earning a victory, Jennings sustained an injury in the second half. He emerged from Alabama's injury tent minutes later with ice on his left knee.
Against Clemson, Alabama defensive players dominated. Alabama finished with nine tackles for loss on a night Clemson ran the ball only 33 times. The Tigers, however, are called for an offside penalty, extending Alabama's drive.
I don't think anyone would be surprised to see these two meet up again, in another 365 days.
The first version produced 95 points and 1,023 yards and giddiness in the Deep South, because the established favorite, Alabama, won.
The game didn't end until 12:22 am in the East. After Clemson's defense forced a three-and-out, the Tigers finally began moving the ball.
On the first play after the kickoff, Bryant threw into tight coverage for receiver Deon Cain, and cornerback Levi Wallace broke on the route, forcing the ball into the air.
The burden of shutting down Renfrow could fall largely on Alabama's star defensive back, Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The others were USC and Ohio State who were Rose Bowl foes in 1973-74-75. Swinney was also on the Alabama roster for a 1990 Sugar Bowl loss to Miami. Monday, the backs combined for 31 carries (representing 73.8% of Alabama's offensive snaps).
Hurts completed 16 of 24 passes for just 120 yards and two touchdowns. Bryant runs for no gain and is sacked one play later as the Tigers settle for a 42-yard field goal to cut their deficit to 10-6. The Alabama that owned the line of scrimmage.