After must anticipation and discussion about the potential match-ups, it’s all set. The National Championship will feature the Clemson against Alabama.
Clemson put themselves squarely in the playoff discussion with a prime time win over Notre Dame early in the season and followed that up with a big win over Florida State a few weeks later. Deshaun Watson led the Tigers to their sixth undefeated season in school history, capturing the Davey O’Brien trophy and finishing third in Heisman voting in the process. They handled Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl 37-17, outrushing the Sooners 312 yards to 67.
Alabama shook off an early season loss to Ole Miss to dominate their opponents throughout the remainder of the season. Featuring Heisman wining running back Derrick Henry on offense and the third stingiest defense in the nation surrendering only 14.4 points per game, the Tide are a tough matchup. They dominated Michigan State in the Cotton Bowl 38-0. With an Alabama win in the National Championship game, Nick Saban would capture his fifth national championship (fourth at Alabama) and Derrick Henry would become the fourth Heisman winner in the last 10 years to also win the National Championship.