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Nick Saban: 11 things to know about Alabama's coach

Nick Saban: 11 things to know about Alabama's coach

After hauling in four TD passes in the last two national championship games - including, of course, the title victor a year ago - Renfrow was held to just 31 yards on five receptions. That's why they were favored over No.1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, and it's why the betting odds favor them in the title game.

The SEC scored victories over the Big 12 and ACC in order to get its two teams to the title game.

This is eerily reminiscent of Alabama's run to the 2011 championship, another season when the Tide didn't even win its own division or play for the SEC title.

Yes, I watched Alabama tear Clemson limb from limb like everybody else did on New Year's Day, but the reason why that game felt so lopsided from early in the first half was the utter mismatch on display when Clemson tried to move the ball by way of the traditional run game. In the end it was a familiar result as Alabama Defeats Clemson 24-6 In The Sugar Bowl.

After the Tide's running backs were limited to just 18 carries in the Iron Bowl-despite averaging nearly seven yards a pop-Alabama leaned heavily on its ground game in a demolition of Clemson, with Damien Harris the featured back in a talented, physical four-man rotation. "The focus going forward will be on preparing for Alabama and a great program that Coach Saban has got". "I don't think anybody would doubt our relentless attitude out there. We had a warrior-like mentality". Michel knows there is much more work to be done. Then we've got to be someplace else on Friday. "It's not done", Michel said, per STATS/Associated Press (h/t CBS Sports). "We've got a big, good opponent we're about to face". "We have been fortunate to have a few, and I just want to help the players finish the season the best way that we can". Georgia's run-heavy scheme - the Bulldogs run on more than 70 percent of their offensive plays - has the potential to wear down Oklahoma, the only non-elite defense in the playoff.

Alabama and Georgia didn't play each other during the regular season, and they haven't met since 2015, when then-No.

It will be interesting to see how Alabama's defense handles Georgia's two outstanding running backs, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

Saban is the pre-eminent coach in his sport, while Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is a Saban disciple who excels at putting an excellent defense on the field.

Alabama is the fresher team, and it is also motivated by the talk of some critics who thought the Crimson Tide did not belong in the CFP because it did not win its conference championship game.

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It's no fluke Alabama finds itself back in the national title game for the third straight season.

As for Clemson they return much of the nucleus from a team that finished 12-2.

Furthermore, noted Tide killer Hunter Renfrow, who had four touchdowns in the last two title games and the game victor in 2017, was held in check. He also has rushed for 808 yards and eight touchdowns. "Nine yards a carry".

Hurts might not put up big statistics, but he'll avoid big mistakes that could cost Alabama the game.

Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm has had a sensational season in which he answered every challenge to this point.

Fromm was solid, but unspectacular, in the win over the Sooners, throwing for 210 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions on 6.19 yards per attempt.

Oklahoma gave up a 17-point lead to lose in the Rose Bowl against Georgia, and ESPN's Stephen A. Smith says the Sooners' defense choked. He is capable of taking over any game, and the Crimson Tide is going to have to account for him.

Georgia trails the series with Alabama 38-25-4, with the Bulldogs having lost the last three meetings after winning three in a row before that.