January 2, 2018
Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne (94) celebrates after being selected most valuable defensive player, after the Sugar Bowl semi-final playoff game against Clemson on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in New Orleans. Alabama won 24-6 to advance to the national championship game. (Rusty Costanza/AP)
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s defense not only delivered some payback to Clemson but a strong statement entering the national championship game.