Saban vs. Swinney: coaches ready to square off in Sugar Bowl

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Posted: Jan. 1, 2018 4:44 PM

The head coaches of Alabama and Clemson are laser focused on the 2018 Allstate Sugar Bowl. It starts in just about three hours in New Orleans.

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The distractions of the past few days in the Big Easy are behind them. And they've now had their last words with the media in a final media conference.

Coach Dabo Swinney talked about why as the home team with a winning record, they chose to practice at Tulane, not the Superdome. Swinney wanted a smaller more intimate location. Plus, when he played for Alabama's national championship team in 1992, that's where they practiced. So, the pick was a nod to his alma mater.

Coach Swinney also said he thinks there is a good chance Clemson and Alabama could make a habit of meeting.

“We haven't competed against each other a lot,” Swinney explained. “But all of a sudden, you've got this three-game series that has just happened at the highest level. And this is kind of a rubber match. But, to be honest with you, this is probably not going to be the last one. There will probably be more of these down the road, and I think that's great.”

Alabama head coach Nick Saban responded by saying that's likely, although he is not in the business of predictions.

"Well I think it's very difficult to predict,” Saban said. “It wouldn't be surprising to me, I'm not real big on prediction. I think they have a lot of good young players and we have a lot of good young players. Hopefully we'll be able to continue to have opportunites like this in the future. It's ceratainly a goal of the program."

As for that other playoff game today, the Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, Coach Saban says he will not be watching. He says it's a distraction.

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