The 2016 college football season concluded on Monday night in Tampa, Fla., as Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 to take home the program’s first title since 1981. While the party in Death Valley won’t end anytime soon, plenty of other programs had seasons to remember in 2016.
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.
In some years, college football’s national championship game is one for the ages. In others, it’s pretty ho-hum. If Clemson upsets defending champion and six-point favorite Alabama, it will likely be one of best title games ever with plenty of dramatic plays.
The 2016 college football season was one of the more exciting seasons the sport has had recently. With that being the case, it should come to the surprise of no one that the subsequent bowl season has been just as entertaining.
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.
The race for the national title is down to four as the College Football Playoff semifinal games are set. As fun as Alabama against Washington in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Clemson vs. Ohio State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl are, the one-on-ones between the names on the back of the jerseys are even juicier than the ones on the front this postseason.