Once again the College Football National Championship game will feature Alabama and Clemson battling it out for the title. Alabama had a rocky start against Washington last week, but turned it around and walked away with the win. However, Clemson destroyed OSU last week and are riding that high right into this game. Both teams are very strong, but we still think Alabama is on a bit of a different level than Clemson. Their players are able to read the scene and adjust flawlessly. For this reason, we are predicting Alabama wins the national title once more with a score of 30-23.
Alabama vs. Clemson Score Prediction: Alabama 30, Clemson 23
Alabama and Clemson are set to play for college football’s 2016 national championship on Monday night. The Crimson Tide and the Tigers will battle in Tampa Bay at the Buccaneers’ stadium.
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide had an early scare from Washington in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve, as they spotted the Huskies a 7-0 lead, but the dominant Tide turned it around quickly after that and took over. Alabama advanced to the College Football Playoff national title game with a convincing 24-7 win over Washington.
Meanwhile, the Clemson Tigers will be the title-game opponent for Alabama for the second straight season after they crushed Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl. After claiming consecutive ACC titles for the first time in 28 years, QB Deshaun Watson and Co. are trying to bring home a national championship to Clemson for the first time since 1981.
The Crimson Tide defense should be able to shut down Clemson’s rushing attack. Alabama’s defense allows 62.4 rushing yards per game. Unless the Tigers can rush the football, Alabama’s defensive backs are prepared to sit in a zone and check all Clemson’s receivers.
Clemson’s offense will go as far as Deshaun Watson can carry it. Watson has accounted for 46 touchdowns this season, which includes finding the end zone 17 times in the past four games. Watson had a huge game against Alabama in last season’s national championship game, as the then-sophomore.
When it comes down to it– Clemson is motivated to beat Alabama. However, we are not sure that will be enough. Motivation is one thing. Scoring points versus one of the best defenses is another. Alabama’s defense is so great because after the first couple of series in a game, the defense adjusts and is basically unstoppable. Ultimately, our score prediction is in favor of Alabama 30-23.
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