Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

It was the Tigers who came out on top Monday night - in a major way - 44-16 over the Crimson Tide to pull Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban 2-2 in postseason competition. He also won a National title with Alabama in 1964.

Last season's Alabama overtime victory against Georgia drew a 16.7 overnight rating.

Clemson is hoping for a different outcome this year thanks to a new starting quarterback and an improved offensive line. But it wasn't just that record-setting fact or that Clemson simply beat Alabama, it was how the Tigers did so in such one-sided fashion. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence found receiver Tee Higgins for a 62-yard bomb on third down to put CU in the red zone, and sophomore Travis Etienne finished things off the very next play with a 17-yard run into the end zone.

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Trevor Lawrence completes a pass on January 7, 2019, in Santa Clara. The Heisman contender gave Alabama an explosive passing game the program has lacked under Nick Saban, completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 3,671 yards, 41 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Alabama will be back, but Clemson will nearly certainly be there waiting for them. The two teams were meeting in the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive season.

It's now Alabama, Clemson, and the rest of ya'll. "Truly incredible. Title number seven for Nick Saban", the commercial said.

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