Final Look Ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship
#2 CLEMSON AND #1 ALABAMA MEET FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TIME
The Alabama Crimson Tide have been successful in two of the three previous meetings with the Clemson Tigers.
This year, Clemson true freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence will look to handle the magnitude of this stage, much like Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa did in the second half of the National Championship last year.
In order to find success, Clemson’s offensive line will have to give Lawrence time to air it out to talents like Justyn Ross, Hunter Renfrow and Amari Rogers against an Alabama defensive line with 45 sacks on the season.
Tua and the Tide have dominated teams this year in their passing game. 50 of their 90 touchdowns have come from the air.
Both starting quarterbacks talked on what they expect to see in this game.
“They are definitely the best defense we’ve faced and I think in all three levels they are pretty good, d-line, linebackers, secondary, so that’s what you expect from a team that made their way to the national championship, earned their way here, so they are a great defense. Obviously they are undefeated and they’ve had a great year, but we are excited to get this opportunity to play them,” says Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
“A lot of guys here on our team have been in situations like this before, played in a national championship, been in big games, it’s nothing new to them, it’s nothing new to us. We are going to go in understanding that this is a big game, but we are going to go out playing football. At the end of the day it’s just football,” says Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Kickoff set for 8pm eastern time at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.