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Clemson Steamrolls Alabama

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Going into Monday night’s National Championship Game, Alabama was the overwhelming favorite. Heck, Alabama was the favorite since the first snap of the 2018 college football season took place. No one thought that any team could knock off Nick Saban’s powerhouse, a school that seemingly gets better and better every year.

Clemson had a great 2018 season as well as they were one of four teams to finish the regular season undefeated (Alabama, Notre Dame and UCF were the others) but yet somehow were always the number two team behind ‘Bama.

There’s no mistake as to who the number one team is now after Clemson’s 44-16 drubbing of Alabama on Monday night.

Clemson’s season did not start out without controversy, however. Kelly Bryant, who went 16-2 as the starter for Clemson and took the team to the College Football Playoff in 2017, was benched in favor of 19 year-old true freshman Trevor Lawrence after a week four victory over Georgia Tech. Lawrence had shined in that victory, prompting head coach Dabo Swinney to make the change. That lead to Bryant’s transfer to Missouri and the questions began to pour in.

Could Lawrence, a possible once in a generation prospect, be ready for the big stage as a freshman?

If his 24 touchdowns and 4 interceptions during the regular season didn’t make you believer and his 327 yard, 3 touchdown performance against Notre Dame in the CFP Semi-Final didn’t make you a believer, Monday night’s bludgeoning of Alabama’s fearless defense MADE you a believer.

Lawrence at 19 years old dissected and torched Alabama’s defense with no remorse. He threw for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns, slicing and dicing Alabama’s secondary. To think, Lawrence will not be available to be drafted by an NFL team until 2021.

Clemson destroyed Alabama in every phase of the game and made Tua Tagovailoa, the runner-up in the Heisman race, look like an average QB as the applied pressure and forced him to throw two interceptions.

The first interception was a mind-boggling one, as Tua decided on making the ill-advised throw in the flat leading to the pick six for Clemson and starting the game off with a bang. That pick would set the tone for the night in what would be quite possibly Nick Saban’s worst coaching performance in his tenure at Alabama.

From the botched fake field goal attempt, to the play calling as a whole on both sides of the ball, Alabama and Saban were simply outmatched.

This is where you give Dabo Swinney all the credit in the world for building his own powerhouse and now, his own legacy as one of the great’s to ever coach in college football.

 

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