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Dabo’s heading to Tuscaloosa (and there’s a good reason)

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney
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Why does Clemson keep invading Tide territory? Last spring, it was Deshaun Watson showing up in Tuscaloosa. On Saturday, it’s coach Dabo Swinney’s turn.

What’s going on?

Snooping on Tide practices? Trash-talking Nick Saban? Just trying to dredge up more painful memories for Alabama fans?

Not quite.

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Swinney will be attending the Alabama-Arkansas game Saturday night in Tuscaloosa as part of 25-year reunion festivities for the Crimson Tide’s 1992 national championships team, AL.com reported.

The Crimson Tide will be commemorating 25 years since their title under Gene Stallings, and Swinney – a walk-on receiver who caught four passes for 48 yards on that squad – will be there to join the excitement.

But he shouldn’t be surprised if he gets a few funny looks while he’s in town.

Alabama and Clemson have met in the past two College Football Playoff finals and appear to be on a collision course this year as well. Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 to win the title on January 11, 2016, but the Tigers got their revenge last season in a memorable 35-31 victory clinched in the last five seconds.

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For those wondering, Swinney won’t have to abandon his team to make his appearance in Tuscaloosa. Clemson plays Friday night against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, giving him time to head to Alabama afterward – and, yes, possibly conduct some advance scouting for a potential playoff rematch.

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