For the past several years, the NCAA College Football National Championship has been going back and forth between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. This year, Clemson should remain the champion because of their players and the team’s style of play. Clemson is favored over Alabama, and the debates have already begun on who will be the best team in college football. Clemson has gone up as a favorite, meaning their favoritism has risen the past several weeks and other teams, shortly behind, have had a decrease in favoritism. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson’s quarterback from last season, had 3,280 passing yards and analysts predict he will exceed that number this upcoming season. The Tigers also have their second-string quarterback, Chase Brice, who only had 442 passing yards due to a lack of playing time but he is expected to play more this season. With Travis Etienne as the running back, Clemson is in luck because last season Etienne rushed for 1,658 yards. Clemson also has a strong defense, with Isaiah Simmons coming back to the team as the player with the most tackles from last season. Moreover, Clemson has many returning players from last season and welcomed new freshmen to the team who are expected to be a big part of their games this season. The Clemson Tigers will be fighting hard to keep their top spot and not let anyone take it from them. So far this season, the Tigers have already beaten Georgia Tech in a dominant 52 to 14 victory, and this is only the beginning.
Although the Clemson Tigers were able to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the past, Alabama will make a strong come back this year because of their strong team and coaching. They not only have an overall better lineup, but they also have a better coaching staff. Nick Saban, Crimson Tide’s head coach, has been with the team for twelve years and has improved the team more and more every year. For starters, Tua Tagovailoa, the Crimson Tide’s quarterback, can play a better game than Clemson’s quarterback, Trevor Lawrence. Tagovailoa has more experience and he is surrounded by players with better chemistry. In past seasons, Crimson Tide suffered when Tagovaila had his hamstring injury. It is hard to see Clemson even coming close to Crimson Tide when Tagovailoa is healthy. Alabama also has a powerhouse of an offense. They have begun to give younger players a chance, which is just going to strengthen their team. They are also one of the best teams at keeping their opponents out of the red zone, but either way, Clemson can’t catch in the red zone. There is also no comparison between defenses in these two teams. Alabama has a much stronger defense than the Tigers. Clemson also has to work with their inconsistent kicker, Greg Huegel, who was only able to hit 73% percent of his kicks. It will be a close game between the two, but if these two play at the national championship game, the Crimson Tide will be able to beat Clemson by at least 9 or 10 points on Jan. 17 of this season.