Alabama, Clemson again for title

01 January, 2019, 18:58 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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For the third time in four seasons, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will square off in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

The high-scoring Sooners (12-2) reached the postseason despite a porous defense that was no match for Alabama's diverse attack, and the Crimson Tide led 28-0 after only 17 minutes. It's also not necessarily about the four most deserving teams. Both sides of the ball had their struggles and failed to execute the way we had seen all season.

Both teams have impressive young quarterbacks with Alabama sophomore Tua Tagovailoa No. 1 in passing efficiency and Clemson freshman Trevor Lawrence No. 16.

Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 lead on way to its 45-34 win in the Orange Bowl over Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray and Big 12 champion Oklahoma.

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Dabo Swinney has proclaimed all year that Alabama is a notch ahead of the rest of the college football world, including his Clemson Tigers. "It's a great win for us", Saban said.

"I think that this is clearly the two best teams in Alabama and Clemson, and it's going to be an exciting game".

While it's hard to feel any sort of optimism following Saturday's defeat, it's not impossible to look at the program where it is on December 30th, 2018 and where it was on January 8th, 2013 and say that the program is better off.

Clemson won the 2016 championship - its only other national title was 1981 - with a 35-31 victory over Alabama after Hunter Renfrow, now a Tigers senior, caught a 2-yard TD from DeShaun Watson with a second remaining in Tampa Bay. "But I don't know anything at all as far as relevant to this game".

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