National Championship Game: Alabama vs Clemson

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  1. Sons Of Shula

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    Game Info:

    No. 1 Alabama (14-0) vs. No. 2 Clemson (13-1)
    Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
    Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.

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    Game time: 8 p.m. ET
    TV Channel: ESPN
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    Live updates: NCAA.com

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    Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 4,173 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions this season and is the team’s second-leading rusher with 586 yards and eight touchdowns. Watson rushed for two touchdowns and threw for one more against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

    Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick does it all for his defense. He has a team-leading six interceptions -- with 186 return yards -- as well as seven pass breakups, one forced fumble, one sack, five tackles for loss and 62 total tackles (38 solo). Fitzpatrick has interceptions in each of his last two games.

    Key Stats:

    Alabama holds a 13-3 lead in the all-time series with Clemson, with all 13 wins coming in a row since the Tigers opened the series on a three-game winning streak.

    Clemson hasn’t beaten Alabama since 1905.

    Alabama is in search of its 16th National Championship; Clemson is looking for its second, and first since 1981.

    The Crimson Tide are 9-0 against Top-25 teams this season; the Tigers are 4-0.

    The only loss between these two teams all season was Clemson’s last-second 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh on a Chris Blewitt field goal.

    Alabama’s defense has allowed the fewest points (11.8) and yards (248) per game in the nation this season.

    Clemson’s defense ranks 12th (18.4) in points per game and ninth in yards per game allowed (314).

    Alabama has allowed just 61 second-half points this season and has scored 266.

    Article link: 2016 NCAA Championship
     
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    Go Clemson.
     
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    [​IMG]

    :lol: Sorry. Had to do it.
     
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    Foster looks like he packs a punch. I'm scouting tonight. Howard, Foster, Tim Williams
     
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    That defense . . .

    Clemson is one of the most creative option teams, but Bama isn't biting on anything. So sound.
     
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    Play used for Clemson's big gain on the screen.

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    Credit: James Light
     
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    2nd down sack on Watson, Bama ran "Stubbie" coverage to the trips side.

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    Credit: James Light
     
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    There is your TE folks....Howard with the score...
     
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    We have us a game.
     
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    Is there some kind of rule where every single play must be reviewed in the national championship? It's annoying.
     
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    Bama on the verge of an epic chokejob
     
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    Holy macaroni. Risky to run a play with 6 seconds left. But no risk, no reward. TD w 1sec left. Yeah, ACC. Yeah, Clemson. Congrats.
     
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    And they win the game on an option. What a game.
     
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    ACC bitches :brewskis:
     
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    Why would they do an onside kick? Giving the ball at the 50 with 1 sec left is a chance for a hail mary.
    If Alabama gets one more play and have a miraculous ending than that decision to do an onside kick must be the dumbest decision ever.

    Edit: wow. They got lucky there.
     
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    What. A. Game.
     
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    Just swinging by to say that was a great game and I'm glad Saban had his heart ripped out with a second left. Goodnight! :D
     
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    The good guys win
     
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    Anyone else laugh at Kirk Herbstreit saying a legend was born tonight in Jalen Hurts when he was 13/31 for 131? :lol:
     
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    God he's such a tool.
     
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    So glad Little Nicky got beat.
     
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    I love DeShaun Watson.

    I legit wanna marry him.
     
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    Brett McMurphy@McMurphyESPN

    Clemson fans chanting A-C-C to SEC Network set on field at Raymond James Stadium

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    Agreed. Monumentally stupid decision. It was like Alabama designed the play. I can't believe Herbstreit and the ESPN crew didn't pounce. Clemson was a half yard from handing Alabama the only possible opportunity for a miracle.

    Clemson's kickoff team was wimpy all night, with all the pooch kicks. That played a role in the lousy field position they had. Alabama was starting from the 32-40 every time.

    I have mixed feelings about the outcome. I despised Saban's personality so much with the Dolphins I stopped posting here because I was sure I'd be banned. There was no way I could self edit.

    When he went to Alabama I started rooting against him. However, this is a pantyhose era in college football, with few exceptions. The vast majority of top programs rely on high octane offense based on spreading the field, with little or no concern to power running games or actual defensive intensity. Alabama under Saban is the one admirable exception. I've wanted to root for them but they have this annoying habit of losing a home game yet being excused into the playoffs. I despise home losses going unpunished in college football.

    This time Alabama was finally clean. Clemson had the home defeat, and a high scoring embarrassment to Pittsburgh. What a dilemma. I went back and forth all night. Finally I rooted to Clemson due to the ACC alliance and the fact I can't stand Jeff Sessions. Politics never drifts too far away from my thinking. Whenever I see those Alabama fans in the stands I assign Jeff Sessions-like thought process to them. It's not too far off. South Carolina has its own beauty in Nikki Haley but at least there are some sensible areas in that state.

    Sarkisian was overly cautious with the freshman quarterback. There were numerous possessions with great field position in the first half and third quarter in which another touchdown would have been a dagger. Alabama seemed to think not much could go wrong...

    O.J. Howard looks like a future star. But Alabama uses him on such limited type of routes that he'll have to make an early adjustment. I get sick of all those sucker bait and switch combo routes on the sideline. Saban fell in love with them a few years ago. Overall I thought his offense was much better designed in the Mark Ingram years. That's when the current Gator coach was offensive coordinator. Alabama would kill you with delayed underneath crossing routes on third and medium. Now you never see them run that.
     
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    Congrats man! These people are going to finally start understanding that he's a top-top tier QB.
     
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    It's sad he had to win it all for that.
     
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    I wish Kiffin was still on bama's coaching staff so he could take this on the chin along with Saban.
     
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    There are still people like, "I don't think he's a top-10 pick" :lol: I'll just say it. He's the best QB prospect this side of Andrew Luck since 2010. I'd take him over Winston, because he has Winston's intelligence, instincts, and play-making ability, but he has feet like Joe Montana - just glides across the field. He's easily better than any of the prospects from the 2016, 2014, or 2013 Drafts.

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    Too true! That dude is a world-class *****.
     
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    What a great game! These types of games are why college football is so much funt o watch...the excitement, the crazy ending, the emotion...just magical.

    Watson showed why he was the best player in the country...dude just seems to elevate his game on the biggest of stages. Clemson's defense should get some credit as well, great second half to keep the Tigers within striking distance.

    I don't think anyone should downplay how great both these teams were all season and in this final....Bama's defense is legit and Scarborough is a fantastic player, such a pleasure watching two great teams battle it out on the biggest stage. The talent on the field was unbelivable...the number of future high round picks on both teams including the best offensive and defensive players in the country. These types of matchups is what we hope the college playoffs would bring us fans.
     
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    Alabama fielded on of the best college D's that I've ever seen - 1st RD picks at every level. Makes Watson's performance even more impressive.
     
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    It seemed like they limited the freshman qb so he wouldn't make mistakes ... and by doing that they made him look like a freshman qb. Letting kiffin leave early hurt more than it seemed. Difference in the game imo.

    Watson needed the game of his life and he delivered. Good for him. He beat a far superior team ... from a talent standpoint at least. The Browns have a really tough decision between him and garrett. Can't imagine them passing on yet another qb. I'd pray they do if I were watson. They need to hang a banner outside the locker room that says 'abandon hope all ye who enter here'.
     
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    :lol: With Hugh Jackson running the offense, I think Watson would be successful in Cleveland, but talk about a cursed team.

    I thought Watson would play a great game. I'd say I knew it, but that 'Bama D could make anyone look bad. Still, I didn't need to see a great game to know he's an elite talent. He's done it too many times in too many big spots for me to doubt him.

    I'd rather he go to Cleveland than SF or Chicago. As bad as they were, they're not as far off as people think. They were terrible in 2016, because the D was atrocious, and the QB play wasn't any better.
     

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