As Clemson is two wins away from repeating as national champs, Dabo Swinney is drawing nearer to a three-peat in the Bear Bryant Award.
In October, the Clemson coach was selected as one of 20 members on the watch list for the award, given to the nation’s best coach.
Now Swinney has made the cut as one of seven finalists for the prize.
This season, Swinney guided Clemson to a 12-1 record and No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. The Tigers defeated Miami 38-3 in the ACC title game.
Here’s the complete list of coaches vying for the award:
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Swinney won the award the last two seasons, the first time in the history of it that the same coach earned it in consecutive years.
Clemson will face Alabama for the third straight season in the CFP, this time in the semifinals round.
The Sugar Bowl matchup is slated for Jan. 1 at 8:45 p.m. (EST) from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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