The countdown to the national title game is on and both Clemson and Alabama are hitting the ground running. SEC Country has had reporters in both places this week, so we’ve got loads of stories for you.
Here are 10 things to know:
- The Crimson Tide have gotten advice from all sorts of people as their final game of the year approaches. Former Alabama receiver Julio Jones kept his simple.
- Three-star linebacker De’Jon Harris is committed to Arkansas but he wasted no time booking an official visit to Alabama after the Crimson Tide offered him.
- Clemson star Shaq Lawson is hopeful he’ll play in the national title game, but he said that if the game were Tuesday he wouldn’t be able to with his injured knee.
- Alabama’s potent defense has been praised all year. Tuesday, Clemson running back Wayne Gallman joined in, specifically lauding linebackers Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster.
- The odds against Clemson don’t seem to concern a couple of Tigers players.
- Remember last year’s Kentucky basketball team? The one that won 38 straight games? Alabama’s defensive line is the football version of that team, Clemson’s co-offensive coordinator said.
- Clemson offensive guard Eric MacLain thinks the Alabama defense is made of dominant “monsters” but he isn’t sure if it’s had too many tall orders in stopping the run game.
- Two things absolutely must happen in Dabo Swinney’s mind if Clemson is going to win this thing.
- Derrick Henry is like no one else Clemson linebacker Travis Blanks has ever seen.
- Swinney, a ‘Bama alum, loves Bear Bryant just as much as you do.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- More on Swinney taking on his alma mater from AL.com’s John Talty.
- Alabama has historically played well in the fourth quarter this season. Clemson has struggled, AL.com’s Michael Casagrande wrote.
- This national championship game features the Heisman winner and a fellow finalist. We’ll see if Henry wins this battle too, AL.com’s Matt Zenitz wrote.
- Have you ever wondered what those Alabama tents on the sidelines are for? USA Today’s Dan Wolken found out.
- Sports Illustrated’s Zac Ellis compared Alabama and Clemson position by position, deciding who had the edge where.
The best stories around the SEC
- Auburn has a new defensive coordinator and it looks like he’s there to stay.
- The former Memphis defensive back who tackled an Auburn equipment manager has apologized.
- The president of Texas A&M believes in coach Kevin Sumlin.
- The nation’s top junior college player was committed to Tennessee, but he has since changed his mind.
- Texas A&M’s athletic director is stepping down.