The 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference champions, Clemson enters the New Year's Day game with a 12-1 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in ACC play. The Tigers remained atop the CFP rankings following a 38-3 victory over then-No. 7 Miami in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 3. Clemson is led by head coach Dabo Swinney, who holds a 101-29 record in his ninth full season with the program.

 The Semifinal matchup will mark the 18th pairing between Alabama and Clemson in the history of the two schools, with the Crimson Tide owning a 13-4 series advantage. The two most recent matchups came in the 2016 and 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Games. Alabama rallied to defeat the No. 1 Tigers, 45-40, to capture the Tide's 16th national championship in the 2016 game in Glendale, Ariz. The Tigers then returned the favor with a come-from-behind, 35-31, win in the 2017 championship in Tampa, Fla.

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