Tide Puts in Final Full National Championship Practice on Saturday


Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11

Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 11


PHOENIX – The Alabama football team put together a final full practice on Saturday, working roughly two hours in shells (helmets and shoulder pads) on the Arizona State campus.

Alabama’s Saturday began at the Phoenix Convention Center for a media day that featured head coach Nick Saban and the entire team. Following the hour-long interview session, the Tide returned to the hotel for lunch and meetings prior to departing to Arizona State for practice. The team finished out the night with a comedy jam and free time after the full day of preparations for Monday’s game.

Saturday’s practice was the final of six total practices for the Crimson Tide prior to Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Alabama will square off with ACC champion Clemson on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. CT with Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit working the game from the booth and Tom Rinaldi and Heather Cox on each sideline. The contest with the Tigers will be the Crimson Tide’s fourth time in seven seasons playing in college football’s final game of the season to determine a national champion.

The Crimson Tide will make its first trip to the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday afternoon, traveling to the game site for a team picture and a final walkthrough leading up to Monday’s game. The final day before the game will close out with a movie and meetings at night.

Alabama and Clemson will meet for the 16th time with the Crimson Tide leading the series, 12-3. The Tigers won each of the first three matchups, but Alabama enters Monday’s game riding a 12-game winning streak against Clemson. The most recent meeting came in the 2008 Chick-fil-a Kickoff Game in Atlanta, as the Crimson Tide came away with a resounding 34-10 victory over then-No. 9 Clemson to give head coach Nick Saban his first win against a top-10 opponent at Alabama.

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