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.
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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — College football is such a finite, measurable sport. There are not 162 chances to make an impact like in baseball, or 82 games to showcase one’s skills like in the NBA, or even the 16 guaranteed games of the NFL.
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.
Since 2009, Alabama has set the standard when it comes to winning championships in college football. The Crimson Tide are the only team to make the College Football Playoff in all three seasons since it began in 2014. It's no surprise to see Alabama back in the mix this year, but this team is different.
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.