Clemson is back on top of college football for the second time in three years, as the Tigers knocked off Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in Santa Clara. The win over the Crimson Tide was an all-around dominant effort for coach Dabo Swinney’s team. Clemson's defense allowed some yards to the Crimson Tide offense but held in the red zone and forced two key turnovers.
Alabama and Clemson are set to square off Monday night in Santa Clara with the national championship at stake. There’s no shortage of interesting matchups to watch in this game, as both teams bring high-powered offenses and standout defenses to the West Coast. However, while all of the pregame focus is likely to fall on Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa or Clemson signal-caller Trevor Lawrence, a couple of x-factors for each team could decide who wins this game.
College football’s 2018-19 season is down to its final game, as Alabama and Clemson square off on Monday night in Santa Clara for the national championship. The biggest stage in college football is nothing new for both teams. The Crimson Tide are the only team to earn a trip to the CFB Playoff in all five years since its inception prior to the 2014 season. Additionally, coach Nick Saban’s team has won two out of the last three national championships and five over the last nine years.
Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship showdown between Alabama and Clemson will be the 19th meeting of the two schools. They first met in 1900, with Clemson winning 35-0, but Alabama now holds a 14-4 lead in the series. While the rivalry has basically been one-sided, there have been some great games along the way. Here are the top five and No.
No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson will meet for the fourth straight time in the five-year history of the College Football Playoff on Monday when the Crimson Tide and Tigers face off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, for the national championship.
Alabama is back in the national championship game for the fourth consecutive year. Coach Nick Saban’s team is strong on defense as usual, but the offense is the driving force behind the Crimson Tide’s 14-0 record and No. 1 overall ranking. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was brilliant in his first year as the starter, and he’s surrounded by a deep group of running backs and playmakers at receiver on the outside. Saban has guided Alabama to five national championships over nine seasons and will be looking to add his seventh overall on Monday night.
Depending on the matchup, college football’s national championship game can be one for the ages or a real bore. The last three games have all been spectacular. Will Monday's matchup between No. 2 Clemson and No. 1 Alabama, the teams' third in the last four years, follow suit?
Between the pre-BCS No. 1 vs. No. 2 pairings and the national championship games, there have been some classic moments that are etched in our memories. Here are the top 10.
One only had to watch a half of this year’s semifinals to figure out which two programs would meet in Santa Clara for the national championship. Fittingly enough, it was the two programs that have operated at another level the past few years in college football and the ones that separated themselves from the pack as the two truly elite teams in 2018.