Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) at Clemson Tigers (14-0)
|Date & Time||Monday January 11, 2016, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Clemson Tigers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5
The Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers meet Monday night in the national championship at University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Alabama Crimson Tide look to win their fourth national title since the 2009 season. Jake Coker is completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 2,775 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Coker has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Calvin Ridley and ArDarius Stewart have combined for 1,668 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while O.J. Howard has 33 receptions. The Alabama Crimson Tide ground game is averaging 204.3 yards per contest, and Derrick Henry leads the way with 2,061 yards and 25 touchdowns. Defensively, Alabama is allowing 13.4 points and 256.8 yards per game. Reggie Ragland leads the Tide with 97 tackles, Eddie Jackson has five interceptions and Jonathan Allen has 12 sacks. Tony Brown is questionable due to a suspension.
The Clemson Tigers look to win their second national title and first since the 1981 season. Deshaun Watson is completing 68.2 percent of his passes for 3,699 yards, 31 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Watson has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Artavis Scott and Charone Peake have combined for 1,485 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Deon Cain has 34 receptions. The Clemson Tigers ground game is averaging 228.5 yards per contest, and Wayne Gallman leads the way with 1,482 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Clemson is allowing 20 points and 301.6 yards per game. B.J. Goodson leads the Tigers with 98 tackles, Cordrea Tankersley has five interceptions and Shaq Lawson has 10.5 sacks.
The Crimson Tide are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 neutral site games and 7-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 bowl games.
After Clemson beat the hell out of Oklahoma and made me look stupid, I'm sold on the Tigers and what they're doing. I also know that the one thing that gives Alabama and Nick Saban trouble is a dual-threat quarterback. Watson is one of the best in the country. I think Clemson can win this game with a very good under-the-radar defense and a special quarterback. I'll take the free touchdown here just be to be safe but don't be surprised if there's another upset in the national championship.