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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.
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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.
Locally the parade will be broadcast on NBC 4 in NY starting at 11 a.m. with the Rose Bowl following immediately afterward. Sam Darnold will use this calmness to put more pressure on the defense with his feet when plays break down.
Luckily for the Orange Bowl , it just might happen to have the best matchup of all the non-College Football Playoff games. He is the biggest playmaker the Seminoles have and when Cook has success, it usually leads to a Seminoles' victory.
It might not be as surprising as the Cubs breaking a 108-year drought, but the Cubs were the best team in baseball all season. OK, so maybe the Dallas Cowboys didn't exactly ride to the rescue, though Jerry Jones might take credit for it anyway.
At the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Republican plan would have devastating consequences. Only 1 in 5 people supports repealing President Obama's health-care law before the replacement is worked out.
But the No. 1 seed is still up for grabs - Patriots (13-2) get it with a win, Raiders get it with a win and a Pats loss. With the Rex Ryan revenge factor gone because he was sacked by Buffalo on Tuesday, not much to recommend in this one.
United States of America goaltender Tyler Parsons was tremendous in the shootout period, denying all five Canadian attempts. Instead, captain Dylan Strome led the procession for silver medals, with the Star Spangled Banner following in short order.
Saban's willingness to hire coaches who specialize in areas outside his comfort zone is a key to him keeping Alabama on top. The game was close near the half with the Tide holding a slim three-point lead and then Browning made a costly mistake.
Gates, Hadley and Rice have also talked with foreign governments that are puzzled about how to approach Trump. JUDY WOODRUFF: Israel rejected the resolution and the US abstention, and so did top Republicans in Congress.
It seems to me one worth suffocating before it becomes just another "fact" in this Post-Truth world of his - and ours. Therefore campaigns invest minimal resources into states they are either sure to win, or certain to lose.
But for us up here and for us that have been in our little circle in the team, we're not coming to possibly knock off No. 1. On top of history is hype, the unremitting hype about this Crimson Tide being "the best team in college football history".
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