Alabama Crimson Tide (13-1) at Clemson Tigers (14-0)
|Date & Time||Monday January 11, 2016, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Clemson Tigers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5
The Alabama Crimson Tide will play the Clemson Tigers in the National Championship Game on Monday night.
The Clemson Tigers are 14-0 and are coming off of a win against Oklahoma by a score of 37-17 in the College Football Playoff Semifinals. The Clemson offense is averaging 38.5 points per game with 288.5 passing yards per game and 222.2 rushing yards per game. Deshaun Watson is the Clemson quarterback who is completing 68.2% for 3699 yards, 31 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Watson also has 1032 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for Clemson. Wayne Gallman has 1482 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for the Tigers. Artavis Scott has 868 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, while Charone Peake has 617 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns for Clemson. The Clemson defense is giving up 20.2 points per game with 177.2 passing yards per game and 124.4 rushing yards per game. B.J. Goodson has 98 tackles, Shaq Lawson has 10.5 sacks, and Cordrea Tankersley has 5 interceptions for Clemson. Clemson is -1 in turnover margin this season.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are 13-1 and are coming off of a win against Michigan State by a score of 38-0 in the College Football Playoff Semifinals. The Alabama offense is averaging 34.1 points per game with 214.3 passing yards per game and 208.2 rushing yards per game. Jake Coker is the Alabama quarterback who is completing 67.1% of his passes for 2775 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. Derrick Henry has 2061 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns for Alabama. Kenyan Drake has 407 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Crimson Tide. Calvin Ridley has 1031 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, while ArDarius Stewart has 637 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Alabama. The Alabama defense is giving up 14.4 points per game with 186 passing yards per game and 70.8 rushing yards per game. Reggie Ragland has 97 tackles, Jonathan Allen has 12 sacks, and Eddie Jackson has 5 interceptions for Alabama. Alabama is +9 in turnover margin this season.
This should be a fantastic championship game to end another great season of college football. Alabama looked dominant against Michigan State and will come into this game with plenty of confidence. The Alabama offense is very balanced, but their rushing attack is what gives opponents big problems. Alabama’s defense has been very good this season and will look to shut down the Clemson offense. However, over the past few years, running quarterbacks have given Alabama’s defense some issues. Deshaun Watson, Clemson quarterback, is very good throwing the ball and running the ball. Clemson is used to being an underdog, as they were an underdog against Oklahoma. I look for this to be a close game, so I am picking Clemson.