Alabama beats No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 to reach title game Associated

Associated Press

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And past year, in a semifinal game, the Tide won and covered as 3.5-point favorites in a 24-6 victory.

Alabama's defense has shown over its past two games that it can be scored upon by top-tier offenses like Clemson's.

Notre Dame came into the game against Clemson as a 12-point underdog in Saturday's first College Football Playoff semifinal.

Both have regularly been winning games by wide margins this year.

Alabama and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.

Say what you will about Brian Kelly, but the man cares deeply for his players. Tua Tagovailoa posted his two lowest regular-season quarterback rating numbers in shutout wins over LSU and Mississippi State (129.5 and 138.5, respectively), and he had his worst outing of the season against Georgia in the SEC Championship, completing 10 of 25 passes for 164 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving the game with an injury.

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The Crimson Tide will be going for their sixth national championship in Saban's 12 seasons. "Since I was a little kid I always wanted to be here".

Clemson won the 2016 championship - its only other national title was 1981 - with a 35-31 victory over Alabama after Hunter Renfrow, now a Tigers senior, caught a 2-yard touchdown from DeShaun Watson with a second remaining in Tampa Bay. "Honestly, we take it week by week, day by day and night by night".

"It'll be another tough matchup for us, we obviously have a lot of history, but it'll be a good one", Hurts said of Clemson.

Alabama beat the Tigers 45-40 in Arizona for the 2015 title after the two teams combined for a 40-point fourth quarter.

Airlines are gouging passengers on ticket prices for die-hard fans that want to see their team play one last time this season.

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