Clemson intercepts Tua Tagovailoa twice in first half of action-packed championship

Clemson intercepts Tua Tagovailoa twice in first half of action-packed championship

The same can not be said for Alabama in the SEC, with the Georgia Bulldogs the third choice to win it all at +550 followed by the Auburn Tigers (+2500), LSU Tigers (+3000) and Florida Gators (+4000). In the past four years, that gives Clemson two national titles and Alabama two national titles. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence found receiver Tee Higgins for a 62-yard bomb on third down to put CU in the red zone, and sophomore Travis Etienne finished things off the very next play with a 17-yard run into the end zone. On Monday night in Santa Clara, Clemson showed the rest of the college football world that Alabama can bleed just like everyone else.

Overall, the New Year's Six games, including the Cotton and Orange bowl semifinals, averaged a 9.0 overnight rating, which is up 8 percent from the second year of the playoff when the semifinals were held in the Cotton and Orange bowls on New Year's Eve. Ivy League rivals Yale (1894) and Penn (1897) were the last teams to win 15 games in a season. Most impressively, Clemson did it with a true freshman QB, and a slew of underclassmen skill-position players highlighted by Phenix City, Alabama freshman WR Justyn Ross.

The former Crimson Tide QB is no stranger to success on the field.




With Clemson and Alabama the obvious favorites in 2019, which teams have the best shot at dethroning the Tide and Tigers to summit the college football mountain?

Clemson is the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.

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