FiveThirtyEight: This Clemson vs. Alabama matchup will be different than before

Neil Paine previews the Sugar Bowl and talks about why the third matchup between Clemson and Alabama will probably look very different than the previous two installments.
1:38 | 06/20/18

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Transcript for FiveThirtyEight: This Clemson vs. Alabama matchup will be different than before
Clemson vs Alabama it's the third installment of one of college football's all time great trilogy. But this isn't the same matchup we've seen each of the past two years and kind of off plot twist each team has changed the way it plays slightly. And I might make for an even better match up that we've seen already. The closer last year was all about corrective Shawn Watson and a high flying office. The vicious Constantine was led by its defense which currently ranks first according to ESPN's defensive efficiency metric. They're also third in the country in sacks per game allowed the sixth fewest total yards per game. This isn't to say the tiger offense took a huge step back this year but they shifted their focus a little bit meanwhile on the Alabama side. Nick Saban teams have long been known for their dominating defense and last year's Alabama teen was one of the great. All time college football defensive units. This is Alabama team ranks second according to offensive efficiency and only fourth according to defense and efficiency. Behind a deep stable of running backs and the improved play of Korda Greg Jalen hurts who's raised in south up from 41 in the country according total QB our last season to sixth. This season. This is the most balanced Alabama teen we've seen in awhile in the best offensive one to. That improved balance might be the difference in this game. Right now the 538 model gives Alabama a slim 52% chance of beating Clemson and moving on to their third straight college football championship game. He'll be hard for any game to live up to the crazy upset comeback victory that Clemson had last season. But just the same this year's match up has all the ingredients of a class.

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