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Can Clemson's D-line match Alabama's?

Can Clemson's D-line match Alabama's?

However, it's Clemson that enters the championship rematch looking hotter, as the Tigers pummeled Ohio State 31-0 in the College Football Playoff semifinals while the Tide's offense raised questions in a 24-7 win over Washington. It would've been even better if he could've scored, but the confidence and swagger to pick that ball off and run it back was unbelievable. When asked about how hard that is, Swinney said there's so much that goes into it, it's hard to pinpoint one key. Clearly there was some behind-the-scenes drama going on with Saban and Kiffin. Our bowl picks series will let you know who we think will come out on top against the spread. "He'll forever be, not just in Ohio State history, he'll be one of the most successful college football players of all time".

No long stretches of games. Those are muscle memory skills that take time to hone, and time is not a luxury he has right now. It might be the best the Tide has ever had.

After almost three seasons directing the Crimson Tide's offense, Kiffin was hired as the new head coach at Florida Atlantic in December. The passing game is struggling mightily.

Clemson's certainly playing with more confidence.

Clemson has been an underdog in their last six bowl games and have won five of them (the one loss was against Alabama last season). "This year we've been a much more consistent defense throughout the season". The Bama defense held Washington to just 194 total yards in the game. Senior linebacker Ben Boulware then added to the controversy with his comments.

Not many teams can compete with Alabama at the point of attack, an area of consistency and perennial dominance in Tuscaloosa under Nick Saban.

The Clemson offense is very similar to what it was in 2015, with one notable exception: Mike Williams.

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"Just good discipline; disciplined football", Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said.

Clemson has unfinished business and while the Tigers continue to be a force on the recruiting trail, who knows when the next time they will be this close to a title again. For the first time since before the BCS era, the national title game will be a rematch of the previous year's title tilt.

Daniel Tran: The difference between this national title game versus the last is that Clemson has national championship game experience to build on. Clemson, though, is different. They finished with a very respectable 205 yards rushing, but did it on 48 carries. He leads the Tigers front line receivers with 19.1 yards a catch with 640 yards on 33 grabs. He will be searching for his 88 win Monday night.

When they do, though, they usually end up in Alabama's backfield.

Watson was the Heisman runner-up.

Head coach Dabo Swinney's team is deeper, more experienced and ready to play for the National Championship against an Alabama team that just barely got the best of them in 2016 in the same title bout. Another 478 yards and four touchdown passes? I believe it will be a much lower scoring contest.

The sellout crowd of 71,279 had far more Ohio State scarlet than Clemson orange at kickoff, but halfway through the fourth quarter Tigers fans mostly had the place to themselves.


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