Alabama and Clemson don’t share a conference, and if they face each other yet again, it will be in the post-season. That didn’t stop the two teams from firing some barbs today.
ACC and SEC Media Days featured Clemson and Alabama respectively today. Naturally, players from those teams were asked about their national title game counterparts.
Crimson Tide linebacker Dylan Moses opened things up with a controversial take. While ‘Bama beat Georgia and was blown out by Clemson, he said that the Dawgs were the tougher team to face.
Clemson has responded in kind from Charlotte.
Clemson OL John Simpson, who is cosplaying as Trevor Lawrence at ACC Media Day, says that Notre Dame was a tougher test than Alabama.
Clemson crushed both teams in the College Football Playoff. After casting aside the Fighting Irish 30-3, the Tigers stunned ‘Bama 44-16.
LOTS of questions here at Media Day about the Alabama remarks about Clemson/Clemson not getting its credit. John Simpson says Notre Dame -not Bama- was the best team Clemson played.
— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) July 17, 2019
I assume Simpson was taking a shot back at Moses with this quote, though by score, he’s not wrong. The Tigers beat Notre Dame by 27 and Alabama by 28.
Of course, by that metric, Syracuse was the toughest test that Clemson faced. The Orange nearly stunned Clemson for a second straight season during the regular season, giving up the lead late to fall 27-23.
Either way, the Tigers went 15-0, capping one of the most impressive seasons in modern college football. If Alabama players truly think that was a fluky result, they may very well get their shot at a rematch yet again this winter.