GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11: The Alabama Crimson Tide with the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

One playoff team is taking a page out of Alabama's book ahead of huge matchup

Not a bad idea at all.

Alabama has gotten a lot of attention this year not because the Crimson Tide has been beating everyone, but because of their practice tactics. They've been bringing in former players for scouting purposes and now No. 3 Clemson is doing the same.

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Boyd and Barrett are the same height and almost the exact same weight so it's a nice fit for Clemson, in practice anyway. We'll get to see if the special practices worked when the two teams play on New Year's Eve in the Fiesta Bowl.

Alabama has used former running back Trent Richardson and quarterbacks Blake Sims and John Parker Wilson this past season. It's obviously worked at least a little bit considering the team is undefeated and has steamrolled just about all others it's faced. So clearly, Clemson is hoping for some similar results.