With the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game just a few hours away, our so-called “final thoughts” are basically the same as those we have had since Alabama’s opponent for the game was learned.
When: Monday, 8 p.m.
On Tuesday, officials confirmed that the school’s allotment of 17,500 tickets for the championship have been sold. Even those who didn’t live here, say being here in Tampa for the game is a dream come true. Teams that can win a lot of games are usually the ones that also win national titles. Hood said he has gone to many bowl games through the years, including Alabama’s 34-14 Rose Bowl win over USC. An upset Clemson win would cement Swinney’s place among today’s great coaches.
Throw in the addition of leading receiver and likely top 10 pick Mike Williams, who missed almost all of last season with a broken vertebrae in his neck, and the Tigers should be brimming with confidence. “If you sit back and are timid, you’re not going to be able to attack some of the weaknesses they possess”. His matchup with Cam Robinson of Alabama will be one of the more interesting head-to-head competitions in the game.
Inside linebacker Reuben Foster is Alabama’s leading tackler, and he’s one of the best defenders in all of college football. He put together three legendary performances in a row to lead the Cavs to three straight wins and deliver Cleveland it’s first professional sports title since 1964. They’ve got long tenured coaches who have won far more than they’ve lost and the rosters are loaded with talent. Here are the four top choices, keeping in mind that some other teams’ absence from this list will need to be explained. “He’s changed college football”. “It’s full of Alabama and Clemson fans”. He was a great offensive coordinator for Saban from 2014-16.
Burton Burns, who coordinates the special teams in addition to his duties with the running backs, feels confident in his performers.
“He got me involved in it in about the ’60s or late ’50s, and we’ve been Alabama fans ever since”, explained Jim’s brother, David. It went the better part of a month without allowing a touchdown. While most of the pressure seems to be on the Tigers’ offense, the defense needs to step up too.
“It definitely was a source of motivation”, All-American defensive end Jonathan Allen said.
Allen recalls the Tigers’ tempo as what bit the Tide last January 11 in Arizona.
But that 51 percent leans Clemson because I think the Tigers have the best combination of quarterback and receivers that Alabama’s boa constrictor defense has faced all season. Previous year for the first Alabama-Clemson title matchup, 20 percent of StubHub sales came from SC and 9 percent each from Alabama and Arizona. They also have big play capability as well.
► The Crimson Tide will have won the first title game rematch in the sport’s history. “We didn’t change the terminology for the players”, Saban said. Steve Sarkisian has been on the staff and certainly has big game experience, but this could be enough of a lead for the Tigers to pounce on freshman QB Jalen Hurts. But ask a football coach.
If Alabama can contain Watson and win the national championship, some will call this the best Crimson Tide defense of all time.