Reasons Alabama Will Beat Clemson

The game that many have been anticipating since last year's championship has finally arrived.

Clemson has been an underdog twice all season and has ended up winning both games.

Hurts, a 6-foot-2, 209-pounder from Channelview, Texas, has thrown for more than 100 yards in all but one game this season, highlighted by a 347-yard, four-touchdown game against Mississippi State. This is a rematch of the 2015 national title contest where Alabama defeated Clemson 45-40 on January 12 in Glendale. Alabama has allowed a minuscule 11.4 points per game, the fewest in the.

Maybe, just maybe, this game, in which the stakes are the highest, is when the Tide has that game this season. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was brilliant in defeat, setting a championship-game record with 478 total yards. While Clemson's upcoming opponent, the Alabama Crimson Tide, have a high-powered offense themselves, their lackluster offensive performance in the Peach Bowl left a lot to be desired.

Earlier this season, after taking over for Blake Barnett on the third series against USC, Alabama true freshman Jalen Hurts lost a fumble on his first collegiate snap. He has 52 catches for 816 yards and seven touchdowns.

Clemson crushed No. 3 Ohio State 31-0. The Tide have taken a conservative approach with Jalen Hurts, resulting mediocre numbers from their pass catchers.

Heading into Monday's title game, here are three questions hanging over the matchup, which could prove to be important factors in deciding the outcome of the game.

Sam Greszes: Scoring defense. Alabama's defense is the best in the nation at stuffing the run, but for Clemson to win, Gallman must be effective.

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It's not easy to reach the national title game behind a freshman quarterback. Deshaun Watson completed 23 of 365 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, but ran for 57 yards and two TDs.

The average resale price of a ticket to the Alabama vs. Clemson game is close to $3,000.

Interestingly, last year's semifinal games were about as exciting as this year's mismatches. It's hard to get a pass rush going with the Crimson Tide is content to just throw it 14 times in a game. He did not record a tackle against Ohio State but the Buckeyes seemed to shy away from even running in the middle of Clemson's defense because of Lawrence and second-team All-America Carlos Watkins. And even Alabama's defense is not going to hold the Tigers to only 7 points. That cannot be dismissed.

"Man, they've got some talent at Clemson", Hopkins said.

Qualkinbush's column - which we're guessing will be taped to every Alabama player's locker - begins innocently enough. It is their culture.

While that's what was on the mind of the reporters in attendance, Tigers players and the coaching staff have long since moved on from it - to them it's a different ball game, literally and figuratively. The Alabama offense had one great drive against Washington. "Most of them have been little injuries that have plagued him a little bit, but never once did he put his head down".

Sam Greszes: If Alabama comes out of the gate slowly again, there could be trouble. Alabama looked sluggish both on offense and defense during the 1st quarter, and though they pulled it together, if Clemson can attack early, Bama might find itself in a hole it can't dig out of.


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