Alabama and Clemson Seal CFP Final Places, Thompson Heats Up Again

Jonathan Grant | December 30th, 2018

For the fourth year in a row, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers will clash in the College Football Playoff. And for the third time in four years, it will be in the National Championship game, continuing a rivalry that is only getting more and more prevalent as a result of the staying power of the two schools. So far, the score is Alabama 2, Crimson 1 in the head to head match ups. Which team will come through this time around? And how did they get there?

First up was Clemson, who faced off against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers faced stiff competition from the Fighting Irish for about a quarter, with the teams tied 3-3 after the first ended. However, the Tigers’ offense began to create opportunities in the second quarter and the Irish just couldn’t contain them any longer. Clemson put up 20 unanswered points in the second and then added a further seven in the third to make it 30-3. The score would hold, and it sent them through to yet another Championship Game under coach Dabo Swinney. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence showed just why he is the go-to player now, throwing for 327 yards and three TD’s as his team pulled away from an over matched Notre Dame team that many did not believe were good enough to make it to the last four anyway.

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In the night cap, it was Alabama that saw themselves into the Championship game by taking on the Oklahoma Sooners. A dominant first half in which the Tide strolled to a 31-10 lead (they were up 28-0 at one stage) allowed them to take their foot off the pedal just a little. Kyler Murray, the Heisman-winning QB for the Sooners, was pressured all game long and didn’t get much time to make a huge difference in the first half, and particularly in the first quarter. Still yet, he ended up with 308 yards and 2 TD’s as they attempted to come back. He and his team ‘won’ the third 10-0 before the Tide matched them in the fourth, sealing the win by a score of 45-34. Oklahoma’s defense had been questioned all season, and that was the problem all night. Alabama, led by Tua Tagovailoa, who completed 24 out of the 27 passes he attempted and had four TD’s and 318 yards in a sterling performance, scored at will in the opening 17 minutes and change. That set the stage, and Oklahoma never recovered.

In the NBA, Klay Thompson found his shooting form again in the Golden State Warriors’ 115-105 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. Thompson hit four three pointers as he grabbed 32 points in the victory, and at one stage even told his hand that “I missed you.” Well, Klay, we’re glad you found it. But maybe you should lose it again if you’re going to be this entertaining about it.

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