For the third time in four seasons, Alabama and Clemson will play in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

Before the No. 1 Crimson Tide pushed aside No. 4 Oklahoma, 45-34, in a CFP semifinal, No. 2 Clemson routed No. 3 Notre Dame, 30-3.

Alabama and Clemson played in a CFP semifinal last year. But now they’re going to face off in a title showdown again, set for January 7.

Alabama-Clemson: College Football Playoff National Championship Game set

Two 14-0 teams are ready to battle for the national title.

MORE: National Championship Game date, time, TV channel

No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson will meet in the CFP for the fourth consecutive year. Alabama has won two of the first three meetings:

  • Jan. 11, 2016: Alabama 45, Clemson 40 (CFP National Championship Game)
  • Jan. 9, 2017: Clemson 35, Alabama 31 (CFP National Championship Game)
  • Jan. 1, 2018: Alabama 24, Clemson 6 (CFP Semifinal)

Alabama and Clemson gave college football its first national title game rematch between No. 1 and No. 2 when they met in January 2016 and January 2017. They split the two games.

MORE: Alabama-Clemson series history

Here’s how the Tide and Tigers added another big-time showdown to their series:

College Football Playoff: Semifinal scores

No. 1 Alabama 45, No. 4 Oklahoma 34 (Orange Bowl)

The Crimson Tide raced out to a 28-0, only to have to fight off a stubborn OU team.

Two Damien Harris touchdown runs and a pair of Tua Tagovailia touchdown passes gave Alabama the four-score lead. However, Heisman winner Kyler Murray kept the Sooners in the game, bringing Oklahoma to within 11 points three times in the second half (31-20, 38-27 and 45-34).

Murray passed for 308 yards and two touchdowns while adding 109 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa passed for 318 yards and four touchdowns, while the Tide picked up 200 yards and two scores on the ground.

No. 2 Clemson 30, No. 3 Notre Dame 3 (Cotton Bowl)

The Tigers made it looks easy, routing the undefeated Irish to improve to 14-0.

Clemson outgained Note Dame 538 to 248, with star freshman QB Trevor Lawrence passing for 327 yards and four touchdowns.

No. 1 Alabama (14-0)

Date Opponent Score
Sept. 1 vs. Louisville (Orlando, Fla.) W, 51-14
Sept. 8 vs. Arkansas State W, 57-7
Sept. 15 at Ole Miss W, 62-7
Sept. 22 vs. Texas A&M W, 45-23
Sept. 29 vs. Louisiana W, 56-14
Oct. 6 at Arkansas W, 65-31
Oct. 13 vs. Missouri W, 39-10
Oct. 20 at Tennessee W, 58-21
Nov. 3 at LSU W, 29-0
Nov. 10 vs. Mississippi State W, 24-0
Nov. 17 vs. The Citadel W, 50-17
Nov. 24 vs. Auburn W, 52-21
Dec. 1 vs. Georgia (SEC Championship)
(Atlanta, Ga.)
W, 35-28
Dec. 29 vs. Oklahoma (CFP Semifinal)
(Orange Bowl)
W, 45-34

MORE: College football national championship history

No. 2 Clemson (14-0)

Date Opponent Score
Sept. 1 vs. Furman W, 48-7
Sept. 8 at Texas A&M W, 28-26
Sept. 15 vs. Georgia Southern W, 38-7
Sept. 22 at Georgia Tech W, 49-21
Sept. 29 vs. Syracuse W, 27-23
Oct. 6 at Wake Forest W, 63-3
Oct. 20 vs. NC State W, 41-7
Oct. 27 at Florida State W, 59-10
Nov. 3 vs. Louisville W, 77-16
Nov. 10 at Boston College W, 27-7
Nov. 17 vs. Duke W, 35-6
Nov. 24 vs. South Carolina W, 56-35
Dec. 1 vs. Pitt (ACC Championship)
(Charlotte, N.C.)
W, 42-10
Dec. 29 vs. Notre Dame (CFP Semifinal)
(Cotton Bowl)
W, 30-3
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