The closest game in that stretch was a 20-point win at then-No.
Alabama's defense has shown over its past two games that it can be scored upon by top-tier offenses like Clemson's.
Alabama and Clemson have faced off in the last three playoffs, including splitting two title games. And Georgia - who was dominated by LSU 36-16 in the regular season - fell to Alabama in the SEC Championship game, while Oklahoma won its conference championship game and only suffered one loss.
"We just look at it as another game to play, another team to play, a great team (we have) to play", sophomore nose guard Quinnen Williams said Saturday.
When the third-ranked Irish needed just about everything to go flawless, their national championship drought instead stretched to three decades after another big postseason loss. "I mean, this is the way it should be, and we know we've got a huge challenge". "Honestly, we take it week by week, day by day and night by night". "And in a sense, I let them down".
That Alabama would meet Clemson for the 2018 national championship seemed ordained before the teams even reported to camp. In the 2015 National Championship, Clemson covered as a 6.5-point underdog in a 45-40 loss.
Before Alabama and Clemson, the last time the same two teams started and ended the season 1-2 in the AP poll was in 2005.
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