The final college football game of the season seems like déjà vu. Same teams, will it be the same out come? Before we tell you who our selection is, let’s see how we did in our college bowl picks.
College Bowl Results
Head to Head: 26-13
Against the Spread: 18-13-8
Odds Courtesy of Oddsshark.com
College Football Playoff Championship Game
Raymond James Stadium
(1) Alabama vs. (2) Clemson
Line: Alabama by 7
Clemson steamrolled over Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl 31-0. Junior QB Deshaun Watson had a solid game, throwing for 259 yards and 3 TD’s, two of those were rushing TD’s. Now they’re looking for redemption. In last year’s championship game, the tigers came up short in a stinging 45-40 loss to Alabama. Senior Wide Receiver Mike Williams didn’t play in that game, but will be the difference maker this time around. The Tigers defense only allowed 88 yards rushing last week and got 3 sacks on Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett. Freshman defensive end Clelin Ferrell dominated in the Buckeyes’ backfield for much of the game, and the Tigers secondary clamped down on the Buckeyes receivers even when quarterback J.T. Barrett had time to throw. Deshaun Watson and Co. are trying to bring home a national championship to Clemson for the first time since 1981.
Alabama got a quick scare when Washington scored first. But the Crimson Tide cruised into overdrive, scoring 24 unanswered points to beat the Huskies in the Peach Bowl. Sophomore running back Bo Scarborough ran roughshot on the Washington defense, rushing for a career high 180 yards and 2 TD’s. True to form, the Alabama defense allowed minimal yards on the ground. 44 yards to be exact, 1.5 yards per carry. Reuben Foster, Tim Williams, Ryan Anderson, a group of premiere pass rushers and playmakers in the secondary. Simply put, this team looks unbeatable. Alabama looks to win its second championship in a row and its 3rd in 5 years. Plus, go undefeated for the second year in a row, an incredible task for an NCAA Division 1 football program.
Prediction – Head coach Nick Saban has possibly the best class in Alabama history. The team allows very few mistakes. But if there’s an opening, as they did in last week’s game, it could lead to a possible Clemson upset. Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney will have his team ready, and I can see the Clemson defensive front causing issues for ‘Bama’s OFFENSIVE Line for the duration of the game. But as good as the Tigers have been all year, I just can’t see that happening. A big play by the Tide defense is the difference, however, and it allows Saban and crew to score the win.
Smooth’s pick – Alabama (35-27)