PHOTOS: Playoff Championship – Clemson vs Alabama

Alabama runs a play against Clemson during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The College Football Playoff national championship game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama marks the 50th matchup of the top two teams in The Associated Press poll.

Alabama is taking part in its 10th 1 vs. 2 game — and is ranked No. 2 going in for the eighth time. The Crimson Tide are 5-2 in such games with four of the wins giving them national titles. Their record as the No. 1 team against a No. 2 is 1-1, the win giving them another national crown.

Clemson, meanwhile, is in its first 1 vs. 2 game.

Alabama will tie Notre Dame for most times playing in a 1 vs. 2 game.

The AP poll began in 1936.

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