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Alabama and Clemson clash for National Championship

Chase Gunnell, Staff Writer

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For the third time in four years, Alabama and Clemson clash in the National Championship in hopes of hoisting the College Football Playoff trophy.

Alabama rolled through the college football regular season this year with arguably one of the most dominant teams the college football world has ever seen. The only struggle Alabama had all year was against Georgia in the SEC championship in which starting Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went out with an injury and backup Quarterback Jalen Hurts came in and led the Crimson Tide to a come-from-behind victory defeating Georgia, 35-28.

The Tide then made easy work of the Oklahoma Sooners in the first round of the College Football Playoffs, defeating them 45-34. Alabama has won the national title in two of the last three seasons.

That one loss to the Clemson Tigers two years ago, was when then Clemson Quarterback Deshaun Watson, led the Tigers to a comeback victory in the final seconds of the game by putting up 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Like Alabama, Clemson rolled through their regular season easily without much of a challenge in any game this year. The Tigers handled Pittsburgh easily in the ACC championship by beating them 42-10 and then went on to make quick work of Notre Dame in the first round of the College Football Playoffs, defeating them by a score of 30-3.

Clemson comes in with a high powered offense and extremely impressive defensive line which posts four starters that are all potential first round picks in the upcoming NFL draft. Along with these four on the defensive front, Clemson presents a stifling defense that has allowed only 10 points or less in nine of the fourteen games they have played this year. The Crimson Tide are known for having dominant defenses and again boast a top defense in the country this year but the Clemson defense may have more of an impact on this National Championship game than previously thought.

Tonight on ESPN at 8 p.m., the two most dominant college football powerhouses over the last five years face off to determine the best team in the country. Both teams have high powered offenses that could score 50 points on any given day, while they both also present top tier defenses capable of slowing down any team. This should turn out to be an extremely tight back and forth game in which Alabama may win it on a last second drive to take the lead in the end.

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