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Unity, not talent, will decide the National Championship

10 January 2017

Alabama minus-6.5 vs. Clemson: $550 to win $500 Alabama is the best college football team of this generation and will put up a lopsided victory tonight against Clemson in the national championship game to cement that status.

A year ago in the national championship game, Watson was magnificent, rolling up nearly 500 total yards (405 passing, 73 rushing) against one of the best defenses in recent memory. With a win, Saban can cement his legacy as the modern-day Paul "Bear" Bryant. I would expect Nick Saban to ride the hot hand, especially with Steve Sarkisian taking over for Lane Kiffin for the national championship game. With a win his fifth championship in eight seasons. Coach Dabo Swinney will have earned $4.4 million this season, putting him 12th among all Division 1 coaches.

But since LSU shut down Kiffin's attack for the most part in a 10-0 loss to the Tide at Tiger Stadium on November 5, Alabama's offense has not been the same. They win games and they have won championships.

"I think trying to disguise things is important", Saban said on Saturday morning in terms of attacking Watson with his extraordinary defensive unit.

"Usually with a freshman quarterback, they get rattled when they make a mistake, but this guy he has a straight look on his face", Ferrell said. More than 33 million people saw Ohio State defeat OR in the 2015 title game. Those are the guys who form Clemson's talented, yet young, defensive line. 2016 Heisman trophy victor Derrick Henry ended his college career with 36 carries, for 158 yards, and three touchdowns.

But I've made that mistake of picking against Alabama and Nick Saban before. For it to be the last game, it definitely kind of sticks out in your mind. After battling injuries, Scarbrough has emerged as Bama's "bell cow".

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Perine also holds the single-game rushing crown for a 427 yard performance against the Kansas Jayhawks in 2014, his freshman year. The junior surpassed the great Billy Sims for first all-time on the Sooners rushing list in the Sugar Bowl on Monday.

Clemson called a "pick play" that was designed for Watson to simply roll right and fire to Hunter Renfrow on the outside for a first down.

Hurts reminded Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott of his own quarterback. He had been averaging 208 passing yards a game through seven starts before throwing for a then season-low 107 at LSU and is now averaging 189.2 a game.

Name two better teams to play for the college football championship. After a sluggish first quarter, Miami was virtually flawless over the final three quarters in a decisive thrashing of a 10-win West Virginia team. He's also this year's recipient of the Dick Butkus Award given to the nation's best linebacker. While most of the pressure seems to be on the Tigers' offense, the defense needs to step up too. They also have big play capability as well.

The 2016 college football season had a lot of twists and turns, but in the end, it led back to the same place. Alabama's defense read the play well, but Watson got good protection, recognized the throw wasn't there, and scrambled away for a nice first down on a drive that resulted in a touchdown to tie the game early previous year on a lovely throw to Renfrow. He hasn't been as effective on the ground as he was a season ago when he rushed for over 1,000 yards but like Hurts, Watson is a dual-threat quarterback as well.

Gov. Nikki Haley is offering no diplomatic words about Clemson's title game tonight with Alabama.

During last year's meeting with Alabama, Watson ran for 73 yards on 20 carries.

Unity, not talent, will decide the National Championship