The football gods are looking over college football fans. They have aligned a rematch of last year’s National Championship; something that the majority of fans hoped would happen, but were not optimistic in it becoming a reality.
Clemson comes off one of their best performances of the year as they shut out No. 2 Ohio State 31-0 in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. In a game many thought Clemson had no chance of winning against the powerhouse out of the BIG 10, this team proved everyone wrong and did it in a convincing fashion.
While many give the most credit to Deshaun Watson for this victory, it was really the defense that brought home the win for this Tiger team. By forcing 3 turnovers and holding the Buckeyes to only 9 first downs, this defense had their best performance of the season against a top-notch Ohio State team.
Alabama followed a very similar path on the other side of the college football playoff as they defeated Washington 24-7. With a combination of good offence and better defense, this Crimson Tide team clinched a spot in their 2nd consecutive national championship.
In last year’s national championship, these two teams went head to head for one of the best games college football fans have ever seen. Deshaun Watson had one of the best national championship performance of all time by setting the record for total yards in a national championship game with 478. Despite this brilliant effort by Watson, the Crimson Tide came out on top with a 45-40 victory to take home their 5th national championship in 9 years.
In regards to the matchup this year, the advantage goes to Clemson. Both teams are equipped one of the best defensive units in the country. Therefore, it is likely that both defenses will cancel each other out. This leaves the offense as the deciding factor to whom will emerge from this game with a national championship.
If this season is any implication, Clemson must be favored when these two offences are stacked up against each other. They have one of the most experienced and talented players in the country in Deshaun Watson leading the offence. Coming off a devastating loss last year to Alabama, Watson will be more motivated than ever to bring home a national championship to Death Valley.
Unlike last year, this game should will most likely be on the upper side of low scoring. Perhaps a 20-14 victory for the Clemson Tigers.
Whatever the result may be, this game will surely be one you do not want to miss. Be sure to tune in on Monday, Jan. 9th at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN fort his star-studded matchup.