Swinney, Saban not Apologizing for Being Good

"I mean, I'm not going to apologize for having a great team and a great program and a bunch of committed guys, and Coach Saban is not, either," Swinney said at the head coaches' final news conference before facing each other in the national championship game on Monday night. "I think the objective is to get the two best teams. That's kind of the way it is. If that's not best for college football, then why did we even do it?"

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Jerry Jeudy, the latest star in Alabama's South Florida WR pipeline

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jerry Jeudy attempted to distance himself from the comparison. Having his name mentioned alongside those of Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley, two all-time great Alabama receivers, clearly made him uncomfortable. He squirmed a little as he tried to find the right words to say. He had played well as a freshman, of course, but he couldn't claim to deserve that type of lofty standing.

No, he'd have to earn that, he explained as he stood on the field inside Bryant-Denny Stadium this past summer.

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College Football Playoff championship game: Alabama vs. Clemson preview

Clemson's Christian Wilkins will end his fourth and final season with the Tigers the same way he has ended each of the prior three: with a showdown against Alabama, and for the third time it comes in the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T (Monday, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App).

"I guess the only comparison is the Rocky movies," he said. "I know after three it's a trilogy. But what's four?"

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Alabama LB says weirdest 'Roll Tide' moment was in the bathroom

https://usatftw.files.wordpress.com/2019/01/ap-orange-bowl-football-1.jpg?w=1000&h=600&crop=1"Roll Tide" is the commonly said and instantly recognizable catch phrase for the Alabama Crimson Tide and its fans. It's said all the time and can be employed in celebration of a score, as a greeting, as a sign off at the end of an interview and even at sporting events that don't have anything to do with Alabama.

And for Crimson Tide linebacker Dylan Moses, it's also apparently said in the bathroom.

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Will there be empty seats at the CFP National Championship game?

SAN JOSE — It's 2,286 miles to Levi's Stadium from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

It's even farther — 2,562 miles — from Clemson, South Carolina.

Distance is among the factors being cited for plummeting ticket prices for Monday night's college football championship game at Levi's Stadium. At midweek, the get-in price was $150 on the secondary market, which includes sites such as StubHub and TicketGeek.

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Clemson seniors excited for fourth opportunity to face Alabama

College football's top two programs once again will meet to decide the national championship on Jan. 7. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson both easily dispatched their semifinal opponents Saturday before turning their attention back to each other. Neither side is growing tired of their annual matchup yet.

"I love going up against them because it definitely brings out your best," Clemson senior Christian Wilkins said after a 30-3 victory over Notre Dame. "I was joking earlier, saying they should just be a part of our conference. We've got to play them every year."

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Bama LB Christian Miller has hamstring pull, not tear

An MRI test on Alabama linebacker Christian Miller's injured hamstring revealed a pull, and not a tear, paving the way for his likely return against Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 7, sources told ESPN.

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Instant analysis: Get ready for Alabama-Clemson Round Four

Get ready for Alabama-Clemson round four.

The Crimson Tide beat Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl Saturday, setting up the third Alabama-Clemson national title game in the last four years.

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