It has been a long season in the world of college football, but it has been filled with many twists and unexpected turns. However, it has all com down to this, the final game of the college football season. University of Phoenix Stadium will play host to perennial SEC powerhouse Alabama and the lone undefeated team in the NCAA, Clemson.
For Alabama, they will be seeking their fourth national title in seven years and to attempt to rebound from last year’s semifinal loss to Ohio State. For head coach Nick Saban, this is an opportunity to win a fifth national title. The Tide are coming in off an 13-1 record with its only loss to Ole Miss earlier in the season. However after that loss, the Tide have played very impressive football led by Heisman winner Derrick Henry and a stellar defense. ‘Bama cruised to a 38-0 win over the fourth ranked Michigan State Spartans in the Cotton Bowl. Saban feels that his team can win once again by playing good sound football and sticking to their identity by playing “Alabama football.” The “Roll Tide” faithful will be in full swing as all eyes descend on Arizona.
On the other side of the coin, Clemson is the only undefeated team remaining in the season. The Tigers are seeking their second national title in school history and their first since 1981 (also went undefeated in 1981). Clemson has been powered by Heisman finalist Deshuan Watson and a superb secondary. However for head coach Dabo Swinney, this title would be oh so sweet. Swinney was a walk-on receiver for the Tide in 1989 and eventually became an assistant coach until 2001. He joined the Clemson staff in 2003 and is more than excited to face ‘Bama. This is Swinney’s first career national title appearance and has shown that he is calm under the pressure.
All eyes are descending upon Glendale, Arizona in what promises to be a game for the ages. Only time will tell of who will be crowned national champions. Will it go to the perennial college football powerhouse and their coach seeking his fifth title in seven years, or will it be the former-‘Bama player who will take his young Tigers team to the promise land.
The stage is set for this collision and its shaping up to be a fitting end to the 2015-2016 college football season.