5 Reasons Alabama Will Win the College Football Playoff National Championship
It's almost here. The final game of the college football season pits the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Clemson Tigers. The Tide opened as a six-point favorite according to the experts in the desert, but you don't need to know the betting odds to know that Alabama is going to win this game.
Here are the five reasons Alabama will take home their first ever College Football Playoff National Championship trophy.
I think it's a unanimous opinion that the better quarterback in this match-up is the one dressed in orange, but the quarterback that will manage this game the best will leave Glendale as national champs: and that quarterback will be Jake Coker. Coker has thrown less interceptions this year than Clemson QB Deshaun Watson (eight and 12, respectively), but Watson has thrown 76 more passes than Coker. Even with the INT/pass attempt ratio favoring Watson, Coker has only thrown one INT in the Tide's past six games, and Watson has thrown five in that same time frame.
Clemson has a solid running back in Wayne Gallman, but he isn't near the back that Derrick Henry is. Henry has broken all sorts of records this season, including some set by legends such as Bo Jackson and Herschel Walker, and going up against a team that gives up 124 rush yards/game, Henry could have one of his best games of the season if the Tigers don't load the box to contain him.
In Nick Saban's tenure at The Capstone, he's never had this kind of defense leading his team, and that includes the dominant 2011 defense that won a national championship. Sure, that defense had every starter turn pro, but it didn't have the depth this season's defense has, especially on the defensive line. Guys like Jonathan Allen, Jarran Reed, A'Shawn Robinson, Dalvin Tomlinson, D.J. Pettway, Daron Payne, and Da'Shawn Hand make this defensive front one of the best in college football history, and only three or four of them can play at a time! If Clemson wants to make this a close game, they've got to find a way to negate the production of all these defensive linemen.
This one is basically a given. Nick Saban is looking to win his fourth national championship at the University of Alabama, inching ever closer to legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's six championships. He's one of the best coaches of all time, if not the best of all time. He knows how to win games. Period. And he knows how to win championships. Period. He has assembled one of the most talented rosters in college football history, and combine that with his "process," Saban is virtually unbeatable.
Last season's appearance in the inaugural College Football Playoff still lingers on the players who were on that team that lost to Ohio State as the #1 seed in the semifinals. They don't want to get so close and lose it all again. Losing is the best way to learn how to win, and this year's team has learned that the hard way. After losing to the Buckeyes last season, they also lost to Ole Miss this season; then, many people wrote off the Tide from having a successful 2015 campaign. That loss lit a fire underneath this team, and they've been on a mission ever since (need proof? Take a look back at that Cotton Bowl score).