The second CFP National Championship is tomorrow in a battle of the ACC Champion and undefeated #1 Clemson Tigers against the SEC Champion #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama enters this game as heavy favorites as coach Nick Saban looks for his fourth national championship in seven years. Meanwhile Clemson will try to pull the upset and claim their first title since their lone championship in 1981.
This game will feature two of the three Heisman trophy finalists from this year. Alabama running back Derrick Henry (left) and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (right) are the best players on their respective teams and key players to watch in this matchup. Despite entering the CFP as the #1 seed, the Tigers have been flying under the radar all year and haven’t been getting the respect they deserve. They were underdogs against #4 Oklahoma in the semifinals before disposing of them in impressive fashion. On the other hand, Alabama has been praised as the best team in college football, which showed after after they dismantled Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.
Everyone knows about Nick Saban and his 4 national championships (3 with Alabama), but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has done an impressive job of building this program the last several years and it has paid off with a spot in the title game. Clemson’s strengths are its defense and the play of QB Deshaun Watson, while Alabama’s strengths are…..pretty much everything. QB Jake Coker has been playing great, Heisman winner Derrick Henry is a monster on the ground, and Alabama’s defense led by their front 7 are matched by nobody. Simply put, this Crimson Tide team is just too good and it doesn’t matter who’s playing them on the other side. Alabama will win their fourth national championship in seven years by a score of 35-20.
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