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Alabama Wins Fourth Title in Seven Years

It was all smiles once again as the Alabama Crimson Tide won their fourth title in seven years last night 45-40 over the previously undefeated Clemson Tigers at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide found themselves once again on top of the college football world with a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, containing Clemson’s Heisman Runner-Up quarterback Deshaun Watson.  The ‘Bama defense did an excellent job stopping the Clemson run forcing Watson to have play a one-dimensional game during the first half.

However, that would not stop Watson as he connected with wide receiver Hunter Renfrow twice to keep Clemson tied with ‘Bama 14-14 going into the half and head coach Dabo Swinney was fired up with his team’s performance in the first half.

The game remained a see-saw battle early in the third quarter with both teams trading scoring drives until the early fourth.  After a 33 yard field goal by Adam Griffith and a 51 yard touchdown pass from Jake Coker to O.J. Howard, Clemson would never catch the Tide.  Derrick Henry was utilized often finding the end zone three times, but his touchdown with 1:12 left in the 4th quarter all but put it away for Alabama.

Watson would make it interesting with 12 seconds left by finding Jordan Leggett, but a failed onside kick gave Alabama the title.  For Swinney, during his post-game press conference he was beyond pleased with his teams performance throughout the year and the resilience they showed down to the bitter end.

But for Nick Saban he would capture his fourth title in seven years and has no intention of letting up any time soon, and for now the title will return once again to Tuscaloosa.

College Football National Championship Preview: #2 Alabama vs. #1 Clemson @ University of Phoenix Stadium

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.