A News Sports — 01 January 2016

Alabama v Clemson logosAlabama embarrassed Big Ten champion, Michigan State on New Year’s Eve, with a hammering defense and equally dominant offense, earning their way to the College Football Playoff National Championship game with a 38-0 trouncing.

Alabama’s defense did everything they needed to do to blank the normally balanced offense.  Bama held MSU quarterback, Conner Cook to just 220 yards in the air and picked him off twice.  But, it was the Crimson Tide’s snuffing of the run that gave them the shut out.  They held MSU to a wimpy 29 total yards.

Earlier in the day, undefeated and number 1 ranked Clemson overpowered Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, delivering a 20 point win, 37-17.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson overcame a halftime deficit to run away with the game. He finished with 145 yards on the ground. He ended the day with 16/31 for 187 yards, 1 important third quarter touchdown pass that changed the momentum in the game, and 1 interception.

The Clemson defense held Oklahoma to just 67 yards on the ground, while picking off Baker Mayfield for 2 interceptions.

So, what do we know?

Clemson is undefeated and returning to the National Championship game for the first time since 1981.  Alabama, on the other hand, has one loss on the season to Ole Miss, but are comfortable on the national stage, having won 3 championships since 2009.

Our prediction:  Alabama 24, Clemson 10.

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