For the second year in a row, college football’s national championship game produced a thriller and a title game that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. However, this year’s version produced a new champion, as Clemson knocked off Alabama 35-31 to claim the program’s first national title since 1981.
College football’s 2016-17 coaching carousel received a late surprise, as California fired coach Sonny Dykes on Sunday. Dykes went 19-30 over four years with the Golden Bears and guided the program to an 8-5 mark with an appearance in the Armed Forces Bowl in 2015.
College football’s 2016-17 season comes to a close on Monday night, as Alabama and Clemson meet in Tampa, Fla. for the national championship in Raymond James Stadium. This is the second year in a row these two teams have met to decide the winner of the CFB Playoff, and both programs won in convincing fashion in their bowl games to reach Tampa.
College football’s 2017 season is still several months away, but it’s never too early to predict next year’s top 25 teams. Alabama and Clemson will close out the 2016 season on Jan. 9, and both teams should begin 2017 near the top of the rankings.
College football’s national championship game is all that remains of the 2016 season, and there’s no shortage of intrigue with Alabama and Clemson set for a rematch in Tampa, Fla. on Jan. 9. These two teams traded punches for 60 minutes in Glendale, Ariz. last year, with the Crimson Tide edging the Tigers in a 45-40 thriller.
Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys was fired on Tuesday after his first full season with the program. Claeys guided the Golden Gophers to a 9-4 record in 2016 and was 2-4 as the program’s interim coach after Jerry Kill stepped down due to health reasons last year.
Led by quarterback Deshaun Watson, Clemson is back in the national championship game for the second year in a row. The Tigers fell just short of a victory over Alabama last season, losing in a 45-40 thriller in Glendale, Ariz. With Watson and a loaded group of playmakers in place, Clemson is built to give Alabama another tough matchup on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla.
Alabama is 60 minutes away from another national championship. And just like last season, Clemson is the team that stands in the way of the Crimson Tide hoisting the trophy. If Alabama knocks off Clemson on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla., coach Nick Saban’s team will claim its fifth national title since 2009.
Alabama needs two wins in order to claim back-to-back national titles, and coach Nick Saban’s team is a heavy favorite to take the first step of that journey in Saturday’s game in the Peach Bowl against Washington. While the Crimson Tide are nearly a two-touchdown favorite, the Huskies aren’t going to go away quietly.