labama vs Clemson returns to the College Football Playoff National Championship for the second straight year Monday. Their first matchup was an up-and-down thrill ride that saw 40 points scored in the fourth quarter. Alabama walked away with a 45-40 victory and its fourth national championship under Nick Saban.Game Info
No. 1 Alabama (14-0) vs. No. 2 Clemson (13-1)
Monday, Jan. 9, 2017
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
How to Watch
Game time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live stream: WatchESPN
Live updates: NCAA.com
Alabama vs Clemson
Clemson beefed up with returning starters from the team that fell in last year’s title game, is bent on redemption. The Tigers waltzed in their semifinal matchup for the second straight year, earning a dominant 31-0 win over Ohio State. Deshaun Watson accounted for three touchdowns, and Ohio State amounted paltry 215 total yards.
had a similar muscle-flexing performance on defense in its 24-7 win over Washington. The Tide held Washington to 194 yards and got 180 yards and two touchdowns from Bo Scarbrough on the ground. Their struggles outside Scarbrough led to the early departure of offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, who will be replaced by Steve Sarkisian.
That creates a wrinkle for Clemson, which will have to learn Sarkisian’s play-calling techniques on the fly. Here’s a look at some of the latest odds and predictions heading into Monday’s game