College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson’s 3 Strengths
What are Clemson’s three biggest strengths going into the College Football Playoff National Championship vs. Alabama?
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What is Clemson really, really good at? What does Alabama have to worry about? What are the biggest strengths? Let’s start with the defensive side …
Stopping Third Downs
The Alabama defense might get all the love on a national scale, but Clemson more than holds its own because it’s able to get off the field in a hurry. Fifth in the nation in third down stops, the Tigers are able to come up with big plays in key moments time and again thanks to one of the nation’s top pass rushes that stops offenses cold. Teams are able to convert on third downs just 29% of the time. How does Clemson make this happen? It forces third-and-long plays because of it’s fantastic …
Again, yeah, Alabama’s defense is phenomenal, but almost no one ran on the Clemson defense this season, especially over the second half of the season. The Tigers have an NFL-caliber defensive front that makes up for big running plays with lots and lots of stops behind the line. This group only allowed one 200-yard rushing game on the year and stuffed Ohio State, allowing just 88 yards. But as great as the Clemson defense is, the real reason why the two-time defending ACC champion is here is because of the …
NFL Offensive Skill Talent
Sorry, Alabama fans, but Clemson has the better quarterback in Deshaun Watson. It has Mike Williams – who’ll likely be the No. 1 receiver taken in the upcoming draft, to go along with Artavis Scott. It has Jordan Leggett, one of the top tight end draft prospects. And it has Wayne Gallman, a slippery-tough back who’s every bit as good as anyone in the Crimson Tide backfield. By far, this is the most talented offense that Alabama has seen all season long.