National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

What began as a shootout quickly turned into a rout in Monday's College Football National Championship as Clemson turned a 16-14 early second-quarter deficit into a 44-16 victory over defending national champion Alabama.

"Congratulations to a truly great football team, the Clemson Tigers, on an incredible win last night against a powerful Alabama team", he wrote. On Monday, the Tigers became the first college football team to win 15 games in a season since the 19th century. "We were never in that conversation, but tonight there's no doubt".

Saban and the Tide will try to regroup in the offseason and more likely than not will find themselves right back in the College Football Playoffs and perhaps the National Championship Game.

Lawrence had a flawless game in the semi-final, completing 69 percent of his passes, and he replicated that form by besting the more experienced Tua Tagovailoa - the quarterback for the Crimson Tide - in the final.

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The Heisman runner-up was also the second-best quarterback on the field in the championship game. But first, let's take a stroll back through the 2018 postseason.

Tagovailoa threw a second interception in the second quarter, this time into triple coverage, and Trayvon Mullen's 46-yard return put Clemson in Alabama territory.

With a chance to stamp itself as the best team in Saban's remarkable 12 seasons at Alabama, the Crimson Tide played maybe the worst half of the coach's tenure.

It's now Alabama, Clemson, and the rest of ya'll. It was the same top four in final Amway Coaches Poll. "I know we're not supposed to be here, and I'm not supposed to be here, but we are, and I am, and how about them Tigers, man?"

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