National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season


Clemson's blowout victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff drew a 14.6 overnight rating for ESPN across its multiple-channel broadcast, the lowest-rated title game in the 5-year-old postseason system. True freshman Trevor Lawrence got the job over incumbent starter Kelly Bryant (who played poorly against Alabama last year) and turned in a stellar season, throwing for 2,933 yards, 27 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

It was an unexpected 'Bama beatdown by the Tigers (15-0), who showed poise, strength on the offensive line and speed on defense to manhandle Nick Saban's Crimson Tide (14-1).

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Lawrence was almost ideal against Notre Dame in the playoff semifinal this season, completing 69 percent of his passes for 327 yards and three scores without a turnover. "There was a lot of talk about best ever, all year long".

The Crimson Tide were defeated handily by Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game, but WJOX-94.5 FM in Birmingham ran a pre-recorded commercial from a Hoover-based Academy Sports + Outdoors store advertising Alabama national championship gear. He also had 199 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. "But just in my first year, it's just been awesome, definitely made the right choice coming to Clemson".

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It's now Alabama, Clemson, and the rest of ya'll.

Alabama was going nowhere against Clemson when it mattered most. However, Alabama gets a slight edge based on Tagovailoa's experience in big games.

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