Congratulations to the Clemson Tigers for winning this year’s College Football Playoff, and ending the season with an astounding 15-0 record. This marks the Tigers second National Championship win in 3 seasons, and they did it in style. 44 POINTS against (St.) Nick Saban, which is the second most that have ever been scored during his time at Bama. The Tide were thoroughly out-coached the whole game, and it showed in the 28 point rout that ensued.
Many Tide “fans” were calling for Saban to be fired immediately after the game. This is probably the most insane CFB take that I’ve heard in a long time, and overreaction is an extreme understatement. What it came down to was that Clemson is a football family, and Alabama is a football factory. Both formulas have the potential to work, as Saban has shown for more than a decade in the NCAA, but this time, that style of football cost him bigly.
Over the 4 CFP match-ups between the 2 teams, Saban and the Tide have had 4 different coordinator pairings, and had to replace 13 assistant coaches. During the same span, Dabo Swinney and the Tigers have had to replace 2 assistant coaches, neither of which were coordinators. Another key to this win was that Clemson had star players return for their senior season, while the Tide lost Calvin Ridley and Minkah Fitzpatrick, who were huge for them during last year’s championship season.
While this was certainly a low point for Saban’s squad, Clemson also played incredible, which is why the margin of defeat was so large. Trevor Lawrence showed that he is likely the best prospect since Andrew Luck coming out of Stanford. Lawrence took home the offensive MVP award, with 347 yards passing with a 63% completion percentage and 3 TDs. If he is able to keep up this level of dominance throughout his next 2 (or 3) seasons as a Tiger then he will surely be the #1 pick when it comes time for him to move to the NFL level.
Do I truly think that this is the last we’ll see of the Crimson Tide? Unfortunately not, BUT, I think that we may be seeing the beginning of the end for one of the greatest dynasties in sports history. With that being said, the next year or two at least, are still good scenarios for Bama to contend for a championship. Tua returning is HUGE for a team that had one of their best offensive seasons of all time. For the time being, well done Tigers #YabaDabo