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Clemson vs. Alabama (National Championship Game)

Line at Writing:
Team: Clemson (14-0)

Head Coach: Dabo Swinney

Last Game:  Beat Oklahoma 37-17 in the Orange Bowl

Vs. Season Stats as requested

QB: Deshaun Watson (68%, 3699, 31/12 + 1032 yards and 12 TDs rushing)
RB: Wayne Gallman (1482, 5.5, 12 TDs + 18 for 182 receiving)
WR: Artavius Scott (89, 896, 5 TDs), Charone Peake (44, 627, 5 TDs), Jordan Leggett (35, 447, 7 TDs)
Defense: This is a big time defense that is solid in every aspect and rarely if ever gives up a big play

Offense: Rush: 15th Pass: 26th Overall: 11th
Defense: Rush: 18th Pass: 9th  Overall: 6th

Team: Alabama (13-1)

Head Coach: Nick Saban

Last Game: Beat Michigan State 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl

Vs. Season State as requested

QB: Jake Coker (67%, 2775, 19/8)
RB: Derrick Henry (2061, 5.7 , 25 TDs) Kenyon Drake (407, 5.4, 1 TD)
WR: Calvin Ridley (83, 1031, 7 TDs), ArDarius Stewart (61, 637, 4 TDs), Richard Mullaney (37, 361, 5 TDs)
Defense: Best front 7 in college football, the secondary was supposed to be the weakest link but they’ve progressed
so quickly that it has put Tide in a position to be in this game

Offense: Rush: 28th  Pass: 66th Overall: 51st
Defense: Rush: 1st Pass: 18th Overall: 2nd

Recent History: The teams have not met since 1975, Alabama won 56-0 vs. a 2-9 Clemson team that turned
out to be the worst in school history.

Notes and Bullet Points:

The best analysis of the game that I’ve heard this week explains how the analyst thinks Clemson can run the ball
on Alabama like Ohio State and Ezekial Elliot did last year. In most zone blocking schemes, the QB reads the defensive
end and then decides whether to hand off or keep. In most cases, when the QB hands off, the back will run to the guard/
center gap opposite the flow of the play. Ohio State and Clemson do just the opposite, the back follows the direction of the
play much like the veer option and is able to hit the hole much faster and evading linebacker pursuit. That is how Elliot
rushed for 200+ last year and analyst thinks that Clemson can have similar success here.

The three players suspended for Oklahoma game are also suspended here
Clemson’s best DL Shaq Lawson has been upgraded to probable (knee, likely top 10 draft pick)
Clemson outgained 13 of 14 opponents (only Notre Dame in monsoon)
Clemson outgained Oklahoma 530-378
Clemson has won four straight Bowls vs. LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
Clemson 500+ yards offense in 10 straight games
Watson and Gallman combined for 295 yards rushing vs. Oklahoma
Swinney is an Alabama native and Bama grad

Alabama shut down SEC mobile QBs similar to Watson (Dak Prescott and Dobbs Tennessee) down cold
Coker played best game vs. Michigan State 25-30, 286 2 TDs, when Mich State went eight in the box to stop Henry
Coker has completed 73% of his passes since Ole Miss game
In Bama loss to Ole Miss, 5-0 in Bama turnovers
Henry has at least one touchdown in 19 straight games
Four Bama defensive players will be first day draft choices … DL’s Shawn Robinson and Jarrad Reed, LB Reggie
Ragland and Safety Eddie Jackson
Florida State held Clemson to six points at the half, is that the blueprint ???

National championship games have been blowouts as a rule

The spread has only come into play once in the last 17 games, the favorite has won and covered or the dog has won
straight up 16 times.

If you took a one-team ten point teaser on the last 17 NCG dogs …. you would be 3-14 (that was from RJ Bell on Cokin yesterday)

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