What It Will Mean If Alabama Wins The College Football Playoff National Championship

What It Will Mean If Alabama Wins The College Football Playoff National Championship

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What It Will Mean If Alabama Wins The College Football Playoff National Championship

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3. Deshaun Watson’s legacy and reputation goes up another few notches

If Alabama wins, it’ll be three national championships in four years and five in eight seasons. In those three that Alabama didn’t win it all, one was because Zeke Elliott went off in the 2015 Sugar Bowl. Ohio State went on to win the first College Football Playoff national title – Alabama would’ve rolled over that year’s Oregon team, too.

One misfire came on the historic Auburn kick-six in 2013. That Tide team would’ve had a problem with Jameis Winston and Florida State, but it took something amazing to miss out on getting into the final BCS Championship.

The other misfire? It came on Clemson’s amazing 35-31 comeback win in the 2017 CFP National Championship game in Tampa.

Ohio State was a national title-level team. 2013 Auburn got one flukish play that goes down as one of the greatest of moments in the history of the sport. But 2016 Clemson? That was Deshaun Watson.

Of course football is the ultimate team game and it takes more than one guy, but what Watson did defined a program, a season, and to be overdramatic about it, part of the sport.

Blasted early on – I was right there when Watson got rocked in the first half; he shook it off fast – he was able to rally the Tigers back for a national title, completing 36-of-56 passes for 420 yards and three scores, and running 21 times for 43 yards and a touchdown.

If Alabama beats Clemson in Santa Clara, that win by the Tigers becomes a wee bit of an outlier. It’ll be explained away by the Bama faithful that it was the year when Deshaun Watson had the Deshaun Watson game.

It was beyond Alabama’s control.

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