Bama routs Clemson behind defensive dominance

Alabama favored over Georgia for CFP title

The Crimson Tide reached their third straight title game with a 24-6 win over Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl and will be looking for their fifth national championship in the past nine seasons when they face SEC foe Georgia on January 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The Tide will play in their third straight CFP national championship next Monday night against fellow SEC rival Georgia. Bama suffocated the high-octane Tigers offense, holding them to just 188 yards on the evening with nine tackles for loss.

But it was the third-quarter interceptions, and the resulting touchdowns, that firmly swung the momentum pendulum in the Tide's direction.

On the very next play, Alabama intercepted a Clemson pass and returned it for a touchdown, making it 24-6.

Da'Ron Payne, a 308-pound defensive lineman, hauled in a 1-yard touchdown pass to put the Tide ahead 17-6.

Seven plays later, on second-and-goal from the 1, Payne lined up in the offensive backfield and ran a route in the flat to the corner of the end zone.

Alabama has been favored in 110 of its previous 111 games.

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