Nick Saban participated in a Sugar Bowl teleconference Sunday afternoon.
The debate between Alabama and Ohio State was one of the most compelling in the playoff's four years of existence, giving the the Crimson Tidethe edge with a resume with less blemishes than the Buckeyes.
Alabama Crimson Tide football fans had plenty to cheer about Sunday morning in Tuscaloosa.
Clemson has been in only one previous Sugar Bowl - a 7-0 loss to LSU in the 1959 game after LSU has already been declared the national champion.
When asked if he was lobbying for his team, Saban told ESPN's Chris Low: "Why wouldn't you?" He said he was glad to speak for his team because they deserved to be chosen.
Clemson and Alabama fans began having flashbacks of last year's national championship game following the College Football Playoff selection show on Sunday. "We even have transfers to the hotel or the stadium and back to the hotel and back to the airport". "We are also instructed that we have the - and I quote again - 'flexibility and discretion to select a non-champion or independent under circumstances where that particular non-champion or independent is unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country.' (And) the committee views Alabama as a non-champion that is unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country, and that's why they are in".
Saban said the Tide practice schedule is not yet firm, but practices will begin around December 15th. "And there were a lot of people that I tried to influence ... to look at the whole body of work for the whole season, and get the best four teams in the playoffs". Adding Ray to defensive line depth would be a plus in the Playoff run. The Crimson saw injured linebackers Christian Miller (bicep), Terrell Lewis (elbow) and Mack Wilson (foot) return in its last game against Auburn.
Later in the Clemson teleconference, Dabo Swinney recalled his special memories about the Sugar Bowl as an Alabama football player. "And so for my last game, to be the National Championship Game and to do it against Miami was just an incredible moment and something that kind of bonded that group together forever".
Ryan Fowler, host of The GAME on Tide 102.9 made an interesting point on the Playoff and the record of the Tide's senior class.
It seems like a unusual statement to make given that the Tigers just two months before claimed their first national championship in 35 years, making them the defending national champions. "Ohio State lost one game in 2017 by 31 points".