College Football Championship

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Lauren Hancock, Staff Writer

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Monday night marked the worst loss suffered by Alabama in their college football national championship history. It was the first time the team had lost a game by more than 20 points since they lost to LSU in 2003. Clemson beat the famous team 44-16, to achieve their second win over Alabama in the national championship in four years.

Clemson advanced to the national title game after defeating Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Alabama defeated Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl in order to advance. The national title game was held at Levi’s stadium in Santa Clara, California. Clemson freshman Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns, and coach Dabo Sweeney proclaimed the Clemson team the greatest of all time. The team won 13 games by 20 points or more and went out with a 15-0 record for the season, for the first time ever. The Alabama team had set a championship-or-bust standard under head coach Nick Saban, but the coach refused to look back on the season as a failure. The Alabama team won their first 14 games by an average of 31 points, a pretty impressive feat. Despite this streak, the Crimson Tide played perhaps the worst half of the coach’s 12 years at Alabama. The Alabama players stated that they “didn’t do what they needed to do in order to be successful in the game.” While Alabama had an all or nothing attitude, Clemson had just the opposite, with the mentality that winning the national championship was just a byproduct of the team’s success.

The Clemson Tigers controlled the game and were never challenged to win their second national title win in just three years. The team is a force to be reckoned with for the next years to come, and their rival will also remain a super-team, as fans anticipate the start of the next action-packed college football season.

 

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