Clemson, Alabama players get trash talk rolling at dueling media days
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The rivalry between Alabama and Clemson has trickled into the offseason, with players from the two programs trading subtle barbs during SEC and ACC media days.
It began in Atlanta, where Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses dismissed that Clemson was the better team in January's College Football Playoff national championship game despite the clear evidence to the contrary — such as the 44-16 final score in the Tigers' favor.
"It was more preparation," Moses said of Clemson's win. "I wouldn't say they were a better team."
Instead, Moses had ample praise for Georgia, which hasn't defeated the Crimson Tide in 2007 and has suffered back-to-back heartbreaking losses in the series. The Bulldogs are "definitely the hardest team I have played in college," he said.
Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses speaks to reporters during SEC Media Days. (Photo: Butch Dill, AP)
Asked to comment on Moses' remarks, Clemson offensive lineman John Simpson called Alabama "really, really talented," but added that "Georgia didn’t beat them by 28 points. You know what I’m saying. It is what it is. It’s all facts."
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Like Moses, however, Simpson saved his highest praise for another: Notre Dame, the Tigers' opponent in the Cotton Bowl, was the best team they played last season, the senior said. (Clemson won that game by 27 points.)
"It doesn't bother me at all," Clemson safety Tanner Muse said. "At the end of the day, it's about wins and losses. You either win or you lose. And you say whatever you want afterwards. The final result is the final result. There's no change to it."
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