COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It was a busy day in San Jose for both Clemson and Alabama as both teams took part in Media Day before hitting the practice field.
Clemson worked out at San Jose State University. The Tigers are ranked second with a 14-0 record.
Alabama also has a perfect 14-0 record. This is the fourth straight year the Tigers and Tide will meet in the playoffs and the third time in the final game.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said his guys are ready for round four.
"Well, I don't think there's any question that we're as good a program as there is in the country,” Swinney said. “I mean, it's hard to say we're at the level of Alabama because they've won, what, six national championships in the last few years. I mean, we've got to win – this is a great match-up. It's a heavyweight fight, but for it to be a true rivalry, we've got to win a few. There's no doubt about that.
“They've been the best. But program-wise, consistency-wise, year in and year out, there's no doubt where they are. But we're kind of the new kid on the block. This is our third national championship appearance now in four years, so I think that certainly validates our level of consistency."
Alabama held their practice at Stanford University. A lot of eyes and cameras focused on Columbia native Christian Miller. The senior linebacker is nursing a hamstring injury that could possibly sideline him for his final game with the Crimson Tide.
"Christian Miller is questionable for the game. He hasn't been able to do a lot in practice. We'll sort of see what he can do today and sort of further evaluate his circumstance and see if he can be effective enough to contribute in a game," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
Clemson takes on Alabama for the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday at 8 p.m.