The Clemson dynasty may have just begun.
The Alabama and Clemson National Title battle is nothing strange to the world of college football. Coming into the game, Alabama has beaten Clemson two out of the previous three meetings. Clemson only win came in 2017 when current Houston Texans quarterback, DeShaun Watson, led the Tigers to the promised land with a last-second touchdown. In the fourth consecutive meeting, Clemson evens the series at two titles apiece. Watson was also in attendance to see his alma mater hoist another National Championship.
Unlike their previous three meetings were was decided by single digits, this one was a complete blowout. The Tigers destroyed the Roll Tide 44-16. Clemson’s freshman quarterback, Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Clemson becomes the first team in the AP Poll era (1936) to finish with a 15-0 record. The Tigers are the first team to do so since the college playoffs started five seasons ago.
“We’re gonna enjoy this one,” said coach Dabo Swinney. “We got a nice spot to tout it in our facility, right next to that other one. We’ve got twins.”
For years Nick Saban and Alabama have dominated college football, but has met their match in the Clemson Tigers, losing to them two out of last three seasons. The Roll Tide were looking to secure a sixth national championship in 10 seasons. Saban blamed himself for the embarrassing title game loss. The title or bust precedent set at Alabama has eluded to the teams’ greatness for the past decade, but Saban did not want his team to chalk up one game to define an entire season.
“One game doesn’t define who you are,” said Saban. “You know they will be back next year.”
Bama’s quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench to win the title last year, went for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
While Lawrence is a freshman, we expect to see Clemson in the title game again before he makes his next move. Congrats to the Clemson Tigers.