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The closest game in that stretch was a 20-point win at then-No.

It will be Alabama and Clemson, again.

Even without Lawrence, Clemson was able to sack Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book six times and hold running back Dexter Williams, who had rushed for at least 97 yards in five of his eight games this season, to only 54 yards on 16 carries.

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"You know, I think that this is clearly the two best teams in Alabama and Clemson, and it's going to be an exciting game", Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said on the teleconference.

In fact, it'll be the third such time in the last four years that both teams are battling it out for the biggest crown of them all - the CFP national championship trophy.

Such sentiments only grew stronger across the board as Oklahoma fell to Alabama in the Orange Bowl 28-0, but it bears noting that the Bulldogs loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship game had some part in their current ranking.

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Thanks to the emergence of freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence, this year's Clemson team looks more like the Deshaun Watson-led groups than last year's team with Kelly Bryant behind center. 18 Mississippi State on November 10 when they posted their second consecutive shutout victory.

"It'll be another tough matchup for us, we obviously have a lot of history, but it'll be a good one", Hurts said of Clemson. "We make every game the biggest game of the year". "Honestly, we take it week by week, day by day and night by night. I always tell them, we're built for this".

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Liverpool's outstanding central defender Virgil van Dijk , who has added the solidity to a defence which was once a real weakness in the side, said they were not the finished article yet but it was a good moment to be a member of the Liverpool squad. "It's not important how many points you are ahead in December - even if it's the end of December".

Alabama beat the Tigers 45-40 in Arizona for the 2015 title after the two teams combined for a 40-point fourth quarter. Southern Cal was No. 1 all season until losing to Texas and Vince Young in the national championship game.

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