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Saban told the media on a teleconference Monday that he's impressed with what Clemson has been able to accomplish. Both sides of the ball had their struggles and failed to execute the way we had seen all season.
Georgia fans will gripe that their team would have given Alabama or Clemson a better game, but that's no more a. They've got great balance on offense in terms of their ability to run and throw and a talented group of receivers.
Sure, seven out of the 10 national semifinals since the inception of the College Football Playoff have been decided by 14 or more points, and four have been decided by 30 or more points.
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Indeed, it's not about the best four teams in the country right now. "I'm looking forward to finishing well and moving on".
Saban then said that was impressed with what Swinney has accomplished at Clemson. After he was asked to explain why, Swarbrick responded, "No, I don't think it will". "He's really a personal friend that I personally have a tremendous amount of respect for, as a coach, as well", Saban said. "We're so similar. So it's going to come down to just execution and mentally being sharp and making those two or three plays that you don't know when they're coming". But when the injury bug bites, the Irish have shown they haven't been equipped to deal with the loss of key players.
Both teams have impressive young quarterbacks with Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa No. 1 in passing efficiency and Clemson freshman Trevor Lawrence No. 16. "Not necessarily that they lost - I thought they would lose, I thought Clemson would cover".