College Football Playoff National Championship: Alabama vs. Clemson fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Monday, January 7th
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Monday, January 7th
Alabama (14-0) vs. Clemson (14-0) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The College Football Playoff National Championship
– It’s the best national championship matchup yet in the five years of the College Football Playoff, and talent-wise, it’s as good as it gets.
There’s youth in key spots on both sides of the ball, NFL-ready talents all over the place, and the type of depth, athleticism, and brilliance to make this a fourth straight amazing national championship.
The inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship with Ohio State beating Oregon 42-20 was better than the final score. Alabama’s thriller over Clemson in Glendale in 2016, the Deshaun Watson comeback in Clemson’s revenge over the Tide in Tampa, and the Tua Tagovailoa overtime throw to beat Georgia it Atlanta were among the four best games played in the history of college football.
Throw in the final BCS Championship – Florida State’s 34-31 late win over Auburn in Pasadena in 2014 – and college football’s championships have been delivering.
– Seven national championships, two in a row, three in four seasons, six in ten seasons – that’s what Nick Saban is shooting for. There have been a whole host of epic runs in the history of college football, but considering the era, the improvements across the sport in recruiting, talent evaluation, scheduling, etc., what Saban is doing at Alabama has set the bar for greatness at higher and higher levels each season.
For all the amazing things Saban has accomplished, his 2009 team that won the BCS Championship over Texas is the only one to finish unbeaten. His 2016 team came close, but Clemson’s Deshaun Watson ruined the perfect run.
Considering how dominant the Tide were throughout the season, and with the great Georgia, Oklahoma, and – potentially – Clemson squads needing to be taken down to win it all again, this team would be put among the all-time greats.
– Dabo Swinney got his one national title two seasons ago, but a second would launch him into a whole other level of greatness.
With Urban Meyer retiring, name the current head coach with more than one FBS national title other than Saban.
Les Miles has one. So does Mack Brown. So does Jimbo Fisher. That’s it.
To take this to another level, over the course of the BCS era going back to 1998, only Saban and Urban were able to win multiple national championships – Pete Carroll sort of won two, but he only got the one BCS title.
Joe Paterno won two national championships over his long career, and so did Bobby Bowden. Jim Tressel had just the one, and so did Steve Spurrier and Phil Fulmer. Fellow College Football Hall of Famers Barry Alvarez, Frank Beamer and Bo Schembechler didn’t have any.
Just 49, Swinney is just getting started as he has Clemson humming, with four straight College Football Playoff appearances, eight straight double-digit win seasons, and with three 14-win campaigns in the last four.
Swinney has gone 54-4 over the last four seasons, and two of those losses were to you-know-who.
He might not have Deshaun Watson under center, but this might just be Swinney’s most complete team yet. Win, and he’ll have his first undefeated season.