The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide will face the No. 2 Clemson Tigers in the College Football National Championship 2017.
What: College Football National Championship 2017, No. 1 Alabama (14-0) vs. No. 2 Clemson (13-1)
When: 8:30 pm ET Monday, January 9
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida. Capacity: 65,890.
TV channel: ESPN
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Commentators: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Tom Rinaldi, Samantha Ponder
Line: Alabama by 6.5
Series history: Alabama 13-3
Last meeting: Alabama 45-40 (2016 CFP National Championship)
College Football Championship 2017
After playing Washington in the semifinal game, Alabama again showed why they remain at the top of the standings. Clemson, who ended the season in the second spot in the ranking system, absolutely destroyed Ohio State to find their way to the game to take on the Crimson Tide. This repeat of the 2016 championship game, where Alabama beat Clemson by a mere 5 points, is likely to be another close match up. There are many determining factors that make this game a must-see for college football fans.
After Clemson’s performance against Ohio State, there’s no question as to how they’ve made it to the final game two years in a row. With the return of receiver Mike Williams, who was out last season due to a broken neck, the Crimson Tide may have a much more fearsome opponent on their hands. Alabama has shown issues with their secondary and if anyone can capitalize on their few weaknesses, the tigers are the team to do it. They have the momentum, coming off their huge win over Ohio State, plus they have the extra motivation to not let the game play out like it did last year. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain with a win over the dominant team from Tuscaloosa.
Alabama has been in the top spot of the college football ranking system for years. It’s almost a given that number one always goes to the Crimson Tide, but like any long running dominance in sports, it has to come to an end eventually. Clemson is looking to take advantage of the fact that offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin is leaving the team to take another coaching position at another school. While many fans don’t attribute Kiffin with making the best decisions during some of the team’s poor performances, one has to see the disadvantage of such a big change in the team dynamics before a national championship game. Alabama has shown that they have a team full of star players, especially freshmen quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Both teams have shown that they have skilled offensive and defensive players that are capable of performing in even the highest pressure situations. College football fans should be sure to catch the College Football Championship 2017 on Monday, January 9th. The game will be played in Tampa, Florida. For those who wish to watch the game on TV, it will be shown on ESPN with the kickoff scheduled for 8:30 PM Eastern time. The game should show the skills of some of the best football players at the college level and determine if anyone can take down the Crimson Tide from their seemingly endless number one status.