If you would’ve asked me at the beginning of the season, I would’ve told you that Alabama would wipe the floor with Clemson. The Tigers started off the season feeling entitled, but they have turned it up a notch… or five notches since letting Pitt upset them in week 10. Both teams have superb athletes and coaching which are clearly responsible for them making it to the big game.
The Crimson Tide look to add on to the dynasty Saban has created. While his boys will definitely be prepared for the Tigers, especially after last years loss, Dabo and his unit will be equally prepared. Both teams have a small edge over the other, Alabama’s being defense and Clemson’s being the quarterback position. Deshaun Watson may have had a few more interceptions this year than last, but he’s proved that he can shine under the bright lights in his first playoff game this year. I expect Watson’s experience in the championship to help him tremendously over Bama’s rookie Jalen Hurts, who only threw 14 passes against Washington and completed 7.
I could never bring myself to bet against Saban straight up, but minus six against an elite Clemson won’t be covered in this one. Watson will either lead his team to victory this year or face heartbreak by a small margin once again.