Could the sequel be better than the original?
Last season's College Football Playoff national championship game was a thriller: Alabama, at the time ranked No. 2, won its fourth title in seven years by defeating then-top-ranked Clemson 45-40.
On Monday, they meet again. Alabama (14-0) is trying to go wire-to-wire as the nation's No. 1 team, while Clemson (13-1) seeks its first title since the 1981 season.....
"These are the two best teams, and to be honest with you, I don't think there's another team out there that's capable of beating Alabama," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Saturday. "I think we're probably the only team that has a chance."
The rematch kicks off at 8 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Watson gave the Crimson Tide trouble in last year's championship game, completing 30 of 47 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns. He's also coming off a big win. In the Tigers' 31-0 dismantling of No. 3 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl semifinal, Watson threw for one touchdown and ran for two more.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was asked Saturday what concerns him the most about Clemson. His answer: "The quarterback."
"Deshaun Watson, I've said this all week long, is probably the most dynamic player in college football, maybe the best player in college football relative to what he does for his team," Saban said.
But for Clemson, there is reason to worry. In addition to those scores, Watson also threw two interceptions in the win against Ohio State. Had that been against Alabama, it could have been a disastrous momentum shift. The Crimson Tide lead the country in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense and defensive touchdowns.
It's happening: Clemson vs. Alabama, Part II.
Culled From CNN
By Jill CNN