NEW ORLEANS — Clemson’s football team is right where it wants to be – in New Orleans playing in the Sugar Bowl as part of the College Football Playoff Semifinals in New Orleans.
The top-ranked Tigers (12-1) will play No. 4 Alabama at 8:45 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
When the season began, very few expected to see Clemson back in position to compete for another national championship. But here they are, despite losing Deshaun Watson at quarterback and other superstars that led the Tigers to their first national championship in 35 years.
Hearing all the naysayers at the start of the season was the driving forces behind Clemson’s run to a third straight College Football Playoff berth.
“That was kind of slap in the face to us,” quarterback Kelly Bryant said. “We were like, ‘We have some pretty good guys here that can get the job done.’ We just went back to work and took it for it was.
“Look where we are now, we are right where we want to be.”