Clemson-Alabama III is coming to your living room on New Year’s Day, this time as a College Football Playoff semifinal contest.
The heavily anticipated matchup for the third straight season in the CFP has the nation excited for another classic.
Alabama and Clemson split the last two national championship games.
Now the emerging rivals are set to square off in the Sugar Bowl for the right to play in this season’s national title contest.
The victor of the rubber match is already being heavily debated and another analyst interjected a surprising opinion into the fray given his conference affiliation.
ESPN analyst Booger McFarland, who covers the SEC, is picking Clemson to defeat Alabama.
McFarland made the selection on The First Team radio show on Sirus/XM as part of a bowl pick ’em segment.
The predictions were based on confidence points ranging from 1-40.
Tigernet.com transcribed the quote from McFarland.
“I know this is going to sound like a shocker to most, but I’m going to go with the team that I trust with the football offensively and defensively and that’s Clemson,” McFarland said. “I said from the beginning that when they’re healthy, they’re the best team in football. I’m assigning it to Clemson. I think they have the best front seven in football. I think the offense with Kelly Bryant healthy is a couple notches below Oklahoma. I’m going to give all 40 to Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers. I was very tempted to pick Auburn with my 40, but Clemson has been my team all season when they’re healthy and they didn’t do anything to disappoint, especially with their last game against Miami.”
While it’s nice to get some respect, you couldn’t blame Swinney for pulling a Nick Saban by warning his players not to take the rat poison.
Clemson-Alabama is slated for an 8:45 p.m. (EST) kickoff on Jan. 1 from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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