Clemson, Alabama ‘mirror images of each other’ entering title game, Dabo says

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney jogs onto the field for the first half of the NCAA Cotton Bowl semi-final playoff football game against Notre Dame on Saturday Dec. 29 2018 in Arlington Texas

"I think both teams are kind of mirror images of each other, to be honest with you", Swinney said.

And the victor this time will become the first 15-0 FBS champion.

Saban then said that was impressed with what Swinney has accomplished at Clemson.

The solution is to enjoy what the CFP produces - a national title game that has been incredible in each of the last three seasons due to two teams that are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack.

The teams were ranked first and second to begin the season, and Saban said he isn't surprised the two are playing for the title. 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.

If Notre Dame wants to truly compete with the Alabamas and the Clemsons of the world, they need to develop depth. "They're hard to beat. but we're excited about the challenge, and we're off and running with our prep". It's also not necessarily about the four most deserving teams.

Both have regularly been winning games by wide margins this year. "Really good defenses, dynamic quarterbacks, very talented running backs, and explosive skill, and just kind of built in the trenches".

While it's hard to feel any sort of optimism following Saturday's defeat, it's not impossible to look at the program where it is on December 30th, 2018 and where it was on January 8th, 2013 and say that the program is better off. "Obviously we don't have a lot of time for this game".

Lawrence is expected to enter the National Football League draft after the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, but Galloway and Giella both have eligibility remaining. Neither of those two games were big surprises to me.

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