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SUGAR BOWL OPEN GAME THREAD: Alabama Crimson Tide vs Clemson Tigers

PART III of the Trilogy.

The Greenville News-USA TODAY NETWORK
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#4 Alabama Crimson Tide 11-1

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#1 Clemson Tigers 12-1

New Orleans, LA 7:45 PM ET, ESPN - Joe Tessitore and Todd Blackledge with Holly Rowe and Laura Rutledge.


It's the rubber game of what has become called the Trilogy.

The Crimson Tide won the 2016 title game over the Tigers, while Clemson won last year's championship game on the final play of the game.


Alabama leads the all-time series with Clemson 13-4 with Clemson winning the first three in 1900, 1904, and 1905. The Tide won 1909, 1913, 1931, 1934-36, 1966-1969, 1975, 2008, 2016.


Linebackers Christian Miller, Terrell Lewis and Mack Wilson are expected to heavily contribute despite injuries. Anthony Averett sprained an ankle on Friday when he stepped off a bus and into a pothole (your conspiracy theory here). He is expected to start. Labryan Ray and Deionte Thompson are expected to play. Dylan Moses, Hootie Jones and Shaun Dion Hamilton are out.

Clemson reserve LB Judah Davis is out.


Outside kickoff weather is frigid but everyone is inside the Dome.


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