The National Championship Game is here. After 15 weeks of the regular season and 40 bowl games, the last and biggest college football game of the season is upon us. And, fittingly, it’s a rematch of last season’s 45-40 thriller between Alabama and Clemson. Below are the Dr. Saturday staff’s predictions for the game. Spoiler alert: a few of us think there won’t be an Alabama repeat.
Graham Watson: Clemson 28, Alabama 24
Clemson’s whole goal this season was to get to this game and dethrone Alabama. Now that the chance is in front of the Tigers, they’re not going to let it slip.
That said, Alabama’s defense is going to be gunning for quarterback Deshaun Watson after the success he had a year ago. And the Tigers are going to have to get creative with their play calling to put up points. If Clemson can do that, it should put pressure on an Alabama offense that was suspect against Washington last week. Mix in a new offensive coordinator calling the plays and the Tide offense could be an unorganized mess.
Alabama is at its best in these high-pressure games, but this is Clemson’s chance to prove it’s ready to take the next step. I really think Clemson pulls off this upset victory with a late score.
Source: Yahoo! Sports