College Football Playoff National Championship: Three Reasons Why Alabama Will Win
Three reasons why Alabama will win the College Football Playoff National Championship over Clemson.
Date: Monday, January 9th
Game Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
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Here’s Why Alabama Will Win The College Football Playoff National Championship
Deshaun Watson throws interceptions.
And bad things happen to teams that turn the ball over against Alabama.
Watson takes plenty of chances and relies on his receivers to make plays deep down the field, and while he’ll win his share of battles, he’ll make mistakes, too, getting picked 17 times on the year going just four games without an interception.
Ohio State came up with two, Pitt three, Louisville three, and Florida State two. Clemson usually makes up for the mistakes with takeaways of its own, along with a stout defense that usually cleans up the messes after the turnovers, but Alabama has a way of all but ending games – just ask Washington – after attacking a mistake. Watson can’t screw up.
Get ready for the thunder, Clemson.
The Tigers have dealt with plenty of flash and dash, but not a whole lot of ground and pound.
Louisville got Lamar Jackson going, Dalvin Cook ran wild for Florida State, and James Conner rumbled for 132 yards and a score to give the Pitt passing game a break – Alabama won’t make the same mistake it did against Washington by getting too cute.
There are plenty of reasons that Lane Kiffin was sent Boca Raton without any supper, and one of them was the inability to get the offense moving in key moments against Washington. The pass plays went nowhere, and even with the 50 carries for 269 yards and two scores as a team, most of the production came from a few Bo Scabrough runs. The sustained success just wasn’t there.
Steve Sarkisian won’t be afraid to air it out a bit more while cranking up the creativity through the air, but the goal will be to come at the ultra-talented Clemson defensive front in waves.
Yeah, Clemson can be run on. And Sarkisian and the Crimson Tide are sure going to try. Meanwhile …
No, Clemson. You’re not running on this group.
The Tigers were able to have a little bit of success on the ground in last year’s national championship, taking off for 145 yards – the second-most allowed all year by the Crimson Tide D. That Bama run defense was good. This one’s a whole lot better.
Everyone wants to try comparing the Saban teams trying to figure out which one is best, but when it comes to stopping the run, the 2011 defense was probably still the star – that D allowed 302 yards to the Georgia Southern option, and 636 yards and two scores in the other 12 games – but this one’s right there.
The 2016 D is far better at making plays behind the line, it’s got a far better pass rush, and it just doesn’t allow any big runs. Texas A&M came up with 114 yards – that was the most allowed, while Ole Miss was the only other team to come up with more than 100.
It’s all going to be on Watson to come through, and again, that means he’s going to have to air it out.
And again, that means the chances for game-changing interceptions will be there.