Movie quote of the day:
“Uh, negative, negative. We have, uh, a reactor leak here, uh, now. Give us a few minutes to lock it down. Uh, large leak, very dangerous.”
– Han Solo, Star Wars (1977)
College Football Playoff National Championship
No. 2 Alabama (13-1) vs. No. 1 Clemson (14-0)
U of Phoenix Stadium
Line: BAMA -6.5
Clemson is trying to be the first team to ever finish 15-0, and Alabama is looking to get its dynasty back. Both of these teams showed me a lot during their semifinal matches on New Year’s Eve. They’re definitely the best teams in the country.
Alabama probably has the best defensive front seven in the history of college football. The problem with Alabama’s defense is that it struggles when trying to cover space against spread offenses, and facing mobile quarterbacks. The Tigers run a no-huddle, spread offense and are capable of putting up points, led by mobile quarterback Deshaun Watson. I think the Tigers will struggle running the football and will have to rely on Watson’s arm to win the game. That shouldn’t be a problem because the Crimson Tide’s secondary isn’t special and Watson can sling the ball (2015 season: 68% completion percentage, 3,699 yards, 31 TD, and 12 picks). Watson’s mobility will be also able able to help Clemson move the chains.
This game will be decided if Clemson can find a way to slow down Alabama’s Heisman trophy winning-running back Derrick Henry. Michigan State was the first team to contain Derrick Henry and dared quarterback Jake Coker to throw the ball against them, the problem was that Coker answered that call and had the game of his life. The difference between Clemson and Michigan State is that Clemson’s secondary is very good. I don’t think Coker will be able to duplicate his Cotton Bowl performance tonight if Alabama can’t get Derrick Henry going. Which doesn’t bode well for the Crimson Tide.
I think this game should be a good one. I think Clemson will be able to put up points, but the Tigers have to slow down Henry. If the Tigers can’t get stops, Alabama will keep moving the chains and keep Deshaun Watson and Clemson’s offense off the field. After the game against Michigan State, it’s hard for me to pick against the Crimson Tide. I think Cyrus Jones will be the difference maker for Alabama as a kick/punt returner and Alabama will dominate field position because of him. Plus, I think Nick Saban is a much better coach than Dabo Swinney. I think the Tide rolls to another national championship.
Prediction: Alabama 34, Clemson 28
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