Most Alabama fans wanted a rematch this year -- too bad Clemson isn’t the team that most had their eyes set upon. Instead, Alabama and the Tigers will meet for an encore to last year’s wild 45-40 College Football Playoff championship that saw seven lead changes, five ties, over 900 yards of offense, and two amazing special teams play by the winning Crimson Tide.
The angles are many, the drama is high, and particularly so for Alabama, who on the eve of the title tilt replaced one formerly-sullied offensive coordinator with another in need of a career rehabilitation and redemption, as only Saban can provide.
We’ve murdered a grove of digital trees the past month covering this game. All that’s left is to sit back, enjoy it, and as always to hope for the best.
College Football Playoff National Championship Game
No. 1 Alabama (-6.5) vs. No. 2 Clemson
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Announcers: Chris Fowler, play-by-play; Kirk Herbstreit, color
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Game time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN, ESPN Megacast
Live stream: WatchESPN
Live updates: NCAA.com