SANTA CLARA, CA (WSFA) - Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban were all smiles at Sunday’s coaches press conference in San Jose.
Their game faces will be on come Monday night for the National Championship game at Levi's Stadium.
Alabama is going for its sixth national championship since the 2009 season.
The Tigers are aiming for their second in three years.
Is the Clemson and Alabama dominance good for college football?
Neither team is apologizing for being at the top of the mountain.
"I can't really speak for other teams or what the impact of college football really is, but it's my job and my responsibility to do the best job that we can for our team, our players, our program in terms of what it takes for us to be successful, and I guess that's what we'll continue to focus on," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
"I'm not going to apologize for having a great team and a great program and a bunch of committed guys, and Coach Saban is not, either. I think the objective is to get the two best teams. That's kind of the way it is. If that's not best for college football, then why did we even do it," said Clemson's Dabo Swinney.
"I think there's a lot of great things about college football that creates a lot of great experiences for a lot of young men, and I think the playoff has probably minimized the number of teams that really get the same kind of positive self-gratification from going to bowl games in other venues that have been really unique to allowing players to get a lot of positives from having a good season. Now there's a lot of focus just on the playoffs, and that becomes the target that every program and every team is sort of aiming for, and it's certainly the target that we have and a goal that we have as a program, and we're going to continue to have," Saban stated.
A win on Monday and Nick Saban would move past Bear Bryant with seven national titles.
Kickoff for Monday’s National Championship Game is 7 p.m. CT at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.