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Barbecue on the Line in College Football Championship

Duncan is betting on a win for Clemson on Monday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the University of Alabama and Clemson University vie for the NCAA College Football National Championship, Reps. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., and Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., are waging some Southern barbecue and bragging rights on Monday's contest.  

If No. 1 ranked Clemson wins, Sewell will provide ribs from Dreamland Bar-B-Que in Tuscaloosa for Duncan and his office and wear Clemson apparel for a picture on the Capitol steps.  

If No. 2 ranked Alabama wins, Duncan will wear a houndstooth hat, a staple of the late Alabama coach Bear Bryant, and an Alabama necktie for a picture on the Capitol steps, as well as provide barbecue for Sewell and her office.  

Where the barbecue is from is to be determined. “Unlike the state of Alabama, South Carolina has more than one delicious BBQ establishment to choose from,” his office quipped.  

“The Clemson Tigers simply will not be able to hold back Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and the Tide’s superior defense,” Sewell taunted in a statement.  

“Unfortunately for the Congresswoman, Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry does not play defense because they will need an extra defender as Deshaun Watson puts the Tide defense on ice skates,” Duncan fought back for his alma mater. “The Tide has turned in college football.”  

The championship is Monday, Jan. 11 at 8:30 p.m. at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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