Alabama looks to make history with win in National Championship game
A year later and all that’s changed for Alabama and Clemson is the venue.
For Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide, no less than history on the line Monday night, but the ride here has been anything but smooth.
Alabama rides a 26 game win streak into Monday’s national title game against Clemson. They’re built on the back of a dominant defense and a freshman quarterback who’s emerged as a play maker.
This week poses a different kind of challenge though, as Steve Sarkisian steps in for the departed Lane Kiffin as the Tide’s offensive coordinator.
“Like I said I‘ve got tremendous respect for Lane, he’s a friend, he’s done a tremendous job,” Sarkisian said. “My job is to go help this team finish something they set out as a goal months ago and do the best job I can do.
“We spent time together during that time, he watched practice, I asked for his observation,” coach Nick Saban said. “I liked him in the week he spent with us and I said there may be some opportunity for you to do that with us here.”
After the Tide outlasted the Tigers in last year’s thriller, the talk from Clemson all week has been centered on revenge. The Alabama players feel differently.
“We don’t really care,” said defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. “It’s about what we do, not about anybody else. And that’s what we honestly and truly believe. We’re just focused on doing whatever we can do, controlling what we can control, and whatever happens happens.”
The Crimson Tide can grab 15 wins in a season, back-to-back titles and their 5th National Championship in 8 seasons with a win Monday night.