Alabama vs Clemson : The College Football Playoff National Championship is nearly upon us. The teams are exactly who we’ve come to expect to see in this game.National Championship GamE 2019 Date Time tv info.
The College Football National Champion Game is Monday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. The No. 1 Tide and No. 2 Tigers are 14-0 and have two of the most dynamic coaches in college football with Alabama’s Nick Saban and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. Alabama leads the series 14-4.The two teams played a year ago in the CFP semifinals with Alabama winning 24-6 in New Orleans.In 2017, Clemson won the national championship with a 35-31 win in Tampa, Fla. Alabama won the title in 2016 with a 45-40 victory in Glendale, Ariz.ESPN’s broadcast on Monday starts at 7 p.m. Central with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi.
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I think Alabama will start fast (again) and then at some point the Tide’s offense will slow (again). What will be different this time than in the Orange Bowl is that Clemson’s red zone defense has a much better chance of getting stops and forcing field goal attempts than Oklahoma, which ranks No. 130 among FBS teams in opponent’s red zone touchdown percentage. I think 35 is the magic number for Clemson to win, and it’s going to take withstanding that first charge by Alabama in order to give Trevor Lawrence a chance to warm up and get settled. Look for Justyn Ross to be a huge factor in the second half with a Mike Williams-like breakout performance as yet another true freshman quarterback snags a national championship.
There are only two areas in this game where either team has an advantage and both tilt towards the Tide. Alabama can exploit Clemson’s safeties in the pass game and its defensive line can give Clemson’s offensive line some fits. Every other matchup is strength against strength. In particular, it’s strength vs. strength at quarterback. The fact that Tua Tagovialoa looked perfectly healthy against Oklahoma one week ago suggests to me that he will be clicking on all cylinders and the offense will be clicking around him. We’ll see this matchup again next year and maybe then Trevor Lawrence will be ready to take down Tua and the Tide. Not this time, though.
This game will come down to which team generates the most pressure, and we found out last week that the absence of Dexter Lawrence doesn’t make much of a difference for the Tigers. On the other side, Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence will have his hands full with Quinnen Williams and the stout Crimson Tide defense. Both coordinators will heat and try to confuse the signal-callers. We saw Georgia rattle Tua Tagovailoa with creative pressure with three and four, and Clemson will replicate and build off that to force Tagovailoa into uncharacteristic mistakes. Lawrence will take advantage of a Tide secondary that got picked on by Kyler Murray, spread the ball around to all of his different receivers and Hunter Renfrow will be the X-factor … again … in a title game for the ages.
As tough as it is to pick a winner, Clemson just seems to be peaking at the right moment. The move to quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been worth the risk, as he showed in his 327-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Cotton Bowl. This stage is not too big for him, and his combination of arm talent and mobility makes him a difficult quarterback to stop. However, Lawrence has plenty of help around him with running back Travis Etienne and perhaps the best group of wideouts in the country. Offenses should showcase themselves in this exciting game that, like so many previous editions, could also come down to the fourth quarter.
Fan preferences aside, this is the best possible national championship that college football could have given us this season, and the fact that Alabama enters as a five-point favorite tells you all you need to know about how close this game will be. I like Quinnen Williams to reduce the effectiveness of the Clemson defensive front, but I also like Alabama’s talented defense to slow down Trevor Lawrence enough. Remember, while Lawrence may be exceptional as a true freshman, he’s not the Heisman Trophy winner; Kyler Murray kept Bama off balance with his legs, particularly late when the defense got tired, and Lawrence is more one-dimensional. Alabama is going to win this game. I keep going back-and-forth over which team will cover, however, and I think I’m going to wait until closer to kickoff to make a formal ATS pick.
This game will be ugly from the word go. You want me to trust a freshman quarterback in the national title game against a defense that is starting to find its rhythm? The flying death machine that is the Alabama offense puts this one out of reach early and coasts to yet another title, leaving all of us wondering what the point is anymore.We can focus all we want on dynasties, legendary coaches and potential future first-round quarterbacks dueling leading into this one, but in the end, we’ll be talking about the spectacular play of that dangerous Clemson defensive front one last time. All season long (for the most part) the Crimson Tide offense hasn’t really faced much resistance. Even without Dexter Lawrence, the Clemson defensive line will cause headaches for Tua Tagovailoa and Co., massively disrupting their rhythm throughout. Freshman Trevor Lawrence does just enough leading the Tigers offense, and Clemson comes away with its second national championship in three seasons.