College Pick: Take Clemson and the points in championship sequel

College Pick: Take Clemson and the points in championship sequel

Take, for example, Alabama tight end O.J. Howard amassing 205 yards receiving in the championship game of 2016. This means Jalen Hurts will have to step up and throw the ball as well, something he didn't even try to do against Washington with only 14 passing attempts. Clemson shut out No. 3 Ohio State 31-0 in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Eve, setting up a national championship rematch with Alabama.

Hurts' first season will conclude in the title game, as the third Crimson Tide quarterback in the past three seasons. Clemson holds the opposition to 17.1 points per game, which ranks seventh nationally and represents an improvement of 4.6 points per game compared to a year ago. "They're going to get up on you".

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"He's well on his way into his junior year", he said.

Naturally, with all the hype surrounding the game, this one will potentially be the most expensive one ever. There's a similar explosiveness to this Clemson offense (we saw it against Ohio State), but the Tide are more methodical this year. Alabama's front four are as dominant as any in recent years.

"He's handled adversities", Swinney said. In all, the Tigers line and linebackers made 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage. The report also has the score as 26-0, although the all-time results from both Alabama and Clemson list the game as 25-0.

The only game Hurts did not pass for more than 100 yards was his most recent. The five-star running back gained 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the Huskies last week.

Maybe that had a ton to do with former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin being distracted about his new gig with the Florida Atlantic Owls? "The guy is very athletic". Alabama looked sluggish both on offense and defense during the 1st quarter, and though they pulled it together, if Clemson can attack early, Bama might find itself in a hole it can't dig out of. "They know they're good enough". He can extend plays.

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"The quarterback run cancels out a lot of aggression for aggression sake", Aranda said. "Who wouldn't be when you're playing for a national title". In last year's title game, Watson was protected by true freshman Mitch Hyatt at left tackle, and was without injured No. 1 receiver Mike Williams, who missed the season with a neck injury, and fellow receiver Deon Cain, suspended for reportedly failing a drug test. Hurts (891 yards rushing) can also turn a near sack into a big gain.

Odds aside, Hurts had better be ready to do a better job of matching Watson play for play.

Clemson landed in Tampa this afternoon, 3 days ahead of the National Championship.

"I've gotten better in all parts of my game", Williams said.

For Clemson on offense, they'll need a similar performance from Deshaun Watson to the one they got past year. "He's played great his whole three years".

Dabo Swinney has built Clemson into one of the nation's elite football programs without a hint of scandal and with a down-home personality that endears him to Clemson fans and the national media.

"We're not happy just getting here".