Thursday, January 7, 2016

National Championship Preview - Clemson vs. Alabama

Clemson vs. Bama National Championship

With Clemson's victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and Alabama's domination over Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl, we're looking at a Clemson vs. Alabama National Championship Game. The game will take place at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ on Monday, January 11th, 2016 at 8:30pm. We couldn't be more excited for this match up.

Both teams have had great seasons, with Clemson going in undefeated and Alabama's only loss being Ole Miss early in the season. Coincidentally, Alabama's loss to Ole Miss also happened to be the one game when Jake Coker did not start at Quarterback. The Tide bounced back from the early season loss and won all of their remaining games, including a very convincing 38-0 win against Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl.

We're looking forward to seeing some great play from star players like Clemson QB Deshaun Watson and Alabama RB and Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry. It'll be interesting to see how the Alabama defense does against Watson, as he has proven himself able to excel under a variety of circumstances, although he has not yet faced a defensive line as tough as that Alabama front seven. The run game that worked so well for them against Oklahoma might not stand a chance against the Crimson Tide, and with WR Deon Cain suspended, Clemson might have some trouble on offense.

Most professionals have Alabama favored to win this game simply because their team has been playing at a level that is far above most other teams in college football, but this year's Clemson team under Dabo Swinney has shown some serious heart in big games against teams like Notre Dame and Florida State. If the Tigers can "Bring Their Own Guts", they may actually have a chance to defeat Nick Saban and the rest of Alabama Crimson Tide. Either way, we're going to see an awesome game on Monday night.

Even if Alabama does win, it's doubtful that they will blow out Clemson in the same way that they defeated Michigan State. We're predicting a close one right up until the very end, and if Clemson wins we'll be ready to Party Like It's 1981!

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