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How Clemson and Alabama were built through recruiting

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Saban knows Clemson is going to be a challenge (2:32)

As Alabama and Clemson prepare for their rematch of last season's CFP title game, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tells Tom Rinaldi that his approach to motivating his team isn't influenced by past wins or losses. (2:32)

The Allstate Sugar Bowl is the rubber match of the past two national championship games. Alabama is still the sport's foremost recruiter, and in recent classes, Clemson has risen to the ranks of the elites.