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National Championship: (1) Alabama vs. (2) Clemson
Jan 3, 2019 at 02:39 PM

The Quick Facts

Monday, January 7th at 8:00 PM EST on ESPN

Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA

Alabama: 

  • Key Players: Tua Tagovailoa (QB), Damien Harris (RB), Jerry Jeudy (WR), Quinnen Williams (DT) 
  • Head Coach: Nick Saban 
  • Record: 13-0 (Southeastern Champion)

Clemson:

  • Key Players: Trevor Lawrence (QB), Travis Etienne (RB), Hunter Renfrow (WR), Mitch Hyatt (OT), Tee Higgins (WR)
  • Head Coach: Dabo Swinney
  • Records: 13-0 (ACC Champion)

Alabama Favored by 5.5 points (OddsShark.com)

Food For Thought

What are fans from each team predicting?

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Roll 'Bama Roll

College football season comes to an inevitable Bama-Clemson conclusion

Josh Chatham
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Josh Chatham offers these sorts of perspectives on Roll 'Bama Roll, a Crimson Tide online sports community.

  • After the Alabama-Clemson matchup was locked in, many college football fans started making the argument again to expand the playoff field to eight teams. The truth is, expanding the field wouldn't matter. Alabama and Clemson are simply the two best teams in the country.
  • "No team in America is as complete as Alabama's, but Clemson is by far the closest." Clemson has "the most talented front four in the nation" and "outstanding skill talent on offense," but they are much weaker on their offensive line and in their secondary.
  • This will be a close game, just like the first two national title matchups between these teams. However, even though the teams are close, Alabama should come out on top. The Crimson Tide have their own explosive offense, better kicking, and stronger intangibles.

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Orange and White

Alabama-Clemson Part 4 offers a special showdown

Kelly Gramlich
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Kelly Gramlich makes these types of points in this commentary featured on 'Orange and White':

  • The first two National Championship games between Clemson and Alabama were "instant classics," the third was a dud, but this one has the potential to be the most special one yet.
  • This year's Clemson team is "one of the most explosive teams in the country behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence." However, Alabama's offense has also improved dramatically under quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
  • At the end of the day, fans just want to see a compelling game. The fans that don't seem as excited about another Alabama-Clemson matchup are misguided - this game will be thrilling to watch, high-scoring, and will likely be another instant classic.

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